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Good morning. Due to some unforeseen overseas travel and RL delays for some of you, I have extended the opening round matches for both the JA bracket and HotS bracket to 24 October. All matches must be complete by site reset {11:59 (UTC)} on the...

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Good morning.

Due to some unforeseen overseas travel and RL delays for some of you, I have extended the opening round matches for both the JA bracket and HotS bracket to 24 October.

All matches must be complete by site reset {11:59 (UTC)} on the 24th. Any extensions after that will be handled on a case by case basis.

-Drac

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Greetings to all Odanites, our allies, and our enemies. As you all know, the Rite of Supremacy is upon us. Read on to see how this affects Odan-Urr fictionally and, more importantly, how it affects you as a member. Additionally, you should expect...

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Greetings to all Odanites, our allies, and our enemies.

As you all know, the Rite of Supremacy is upon us. Read on to see how this affects Odan-Urr fictionally and, more importantly, how it affects you as a member. Additionally, you should expect parts 2 and 3 of this report and the accompanying fiction as the RoS moves into phases 2 and 3.

But first, the story so far.

When we last left off, things were a bit of a mess. The Vauzem Dominion launched a surprise attack against the legitimate Vatali government, and thanks to some sick pro tips from an old enemy, they managed to pull Odan-Urr right into the middle of things. Empress Kaltani was poisoned and Alethia appointed Regent until she regained consciousness. Needless to say, this has not gone over well with the stodgy Vatali nobility.

Meanwhile, the war between the Collective and the Brotherhood has continued to run hot. Faced with the realization that the Dark Council needs solid intelligence more than it needs a secret police force, Marick began to reorient the Inquisitorius. The Collection, for its part, continued its surprise attacks on Brotherhood assets despite the valiant efforts of senior citizens. Speaking of best efforts, although Grot tried to prevent it, the Collective captured Vance Kordall, an agent of the Arx Capital Exchange, along with an artifact of unknown power and purpose.

And the clans, of course, have their own problems.

Disgusting traitor Deputy Grand Master Morgan Sorenn believes that Vance and the artifact have something to do with the last transmission of a destroyed Inquisitorius listener ship, the Psi Termina I. She doesn’t know exactly what’s going on, but she’s going to approach this problem in classic Sith fashion: by kicking the shit out of people. And this time, she’s calling in the cavalry.

All of that brings us to the first brings us to...

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Fiction: A Position of Strength, Part 1

Regent’s Chambers
Voraskel Palace
Kiast

Alethia studied the faces across the table. Ta’var was biting her lip in concentration as she read, doubtlessly working through the various analytical techniques Archenksova had taught her over the preceding months. The other face was alien and nigh inscrutable. Essik Lyccane’s huge insectoid eyes seemed to be focused everywhere at once, though she could only assume his attention was on the datapad in his hand.

And if, somehow, his species could focus on a dozen screens at once, Alethia would be envious. The room’s ornate furniture, carved by master artisans from the trees of a hundred exotic worlds, had been shamelessly shoved aside to make room for more workstations and safes. Secure terminals connected to the Vatali Royal Guard’s networks, to the Odanite Expeditionary Force’s systems, to SeNet. Their screens displayed dozens of after action reports, many of them describing skirmishes between the actual OEF and hostile forces in rough approximations of OEF uniforms. The disguises didn’t hold up to close scrutiny and there hadn’t been any instances of friendly fire—yet. Nevertheless, the population of Kiast was rapidly learning to associate Odan-Urr with danger and destruction.

Continue reading part 1 here, and then tune in next time for the adventures of Jael, Ethan, and Mauro in the mean streets of Kiast.

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Phase I

There are only three bins in Phase 1, which makes it easy to get full participation. So easy, in fact, that Blade and Ji managed to do it the night of launch. Unlike the GJW, where the scoring system emphasized placement, the RoS will emphasize participation as the main factor. To put it bluntly, if you want to hold on to that First Clan reputation, we all need to show up. The other clans won’t make it easy on us.

Remember, you only have to do one competition in a bin to get all the participation points for it. In addition to giving us points, participating in bins will get the clan big money that we can use to buy you new toys.

Fiction and Graphics are in a single bin this phase, which might cut down on how many token entries you end up doing. For graphics, you have a variety of objects you can draw. Fiction likewise has three objectives so you can choose whichever one you like best. Entering either of these earns 4 points and, for those of you angling for a Hero title, between them they account for over half of the placement points for phase 1.

Gaming is a bit unusual this phase. Your first option is a solo Overwatch comp. If OW isn’t you thing, there’s a mobile game as well, in this case Galaga. Entering either of these will net you 2 points.

My favorite bin, Miscellaneous, comes with a puzzle and an SA exam this time. The latter covers all of the fiction from the Collective arc so far, but the comp write-up comes with handy links to everything you need. Either of these will net you 2 points.

If you do all three bins, you get an additional 3 points.

Phase 1 ends October 22. That’s enough time to do a sketch, a puzzle, and a mobile game, I think. In addition to Blade and Ji, as of this writing Kris, Mauro, Juna, Nero, Turel, and Creon have full participation for Phase 1. Val, Jack, Sa, Tarvitz, Dral, Tyraal, and I are 2 for 3.

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The Long Game

There are also four event-long bins. Note that there are gaps between the phases, which gives you some dedicated time to work on your event-long comps.

Gaming gives you the option to do Diablo 3 rifts or any PvP platform, although you can’t play with another Odanite. It’s too late to sign up for the brackets now, but everyone wish Tarvitz, Blade, Creon, Juna, Turel, Kris, and Sarin luck in their matches. Any of those comps will earn you 2 points.

Graphics and Multimedia pairs your leet art skillz with text, audio, or video. You have the option to make propaganda or a comic for 5 points. Both of these can be done solo or with up to three friends. I strongly encourage you to ask around in the COU War Room.

The Team-Based fictiony-type bin has two comps, both of which require you to work with other people. You can create a new Collective faction in a team of 2-4, or do a fiction in a team of 3-5. We’ve been calling this a run-on, though this is a little different in that your team needs to finish the first objective by October 28 to move forward for placement. If you want to be on a team and you’re not already, hit us up in the War Room ASAP.

The Miscellaneous bin has three great and novel comps. The Cantina Quiz has you identifying bits of the official soundtracks based on short clips. Propaganda is just saying mean things about Howie—and don’t act like you don’t enjoy ragging on DC members. Lastly, Liberation Front Possessions has you designing three new possessions for our enemies. These are worth 3 points.

Participation in all four bins will earn you a bonus of 5 points.

As a reminder, if you have questions about the RoS comps, you can check in our war room or email the appropriate DC member(s) with Blade and I in CC.

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Edgar asks: SO how is the big chair suiting you after so long?

Turel made it look so easy. CON is a really tough job. Honestly, I’d say I’ve bounced between high and low points ever since I got the job. I love it when I see people riff off of clan fiction, or when I can get someone to try something new, or just when I can make someone’s day less shitty. I hate conflict and drama and there have been months where it seems like that’s all I do. But right now, everyone seems pretty hyped for the RoS and in good spirits, and that makes me happy.

Atra asks: Is there anything you would classify as a failing in your efforts thus far? How 'bout a success? How have you learned from these?

Plenty of both, though I don’t know that I have any giant standouts in either category. I’d say I’ve doubled down on flexibility and temperament being key tools. My job involves a lot of processing complaints, whether it’s members who think a policy/comp/event/interaction is bad or managing the clan summit or dealing with one of those infamous “problem members.” It’s very easy to fall into a mentality where I’m on one party’s side and not another’s. And yeah, I do represent COU as my constituency, but my experience has been that I’m a more effective an advocate the more I’m able to step back and consider the situation from different perspectives. In other words:

Lucine asks: How does Alethia feel about this new, more open, more trustworthy Inquisitorius?

She trusts them to act like Sith, including the NFUs. In other words, she trusts that sooner or later, and probably sooner, they’ll try to screw her over. Alethia has no illusions that any amount of cooperation or openness will make Odan-Urr and the Inquisitorius friends; besides, organizations don’t have friends. However, she does trust than the Inquisitorius and the individuals within it will take every available opportunity to screw over their enemies and rivals, and Alethia is happy to provide those opportunities when they suit her purposes. The INQ will try to play her, she’ll try to play them, and that game goes on.

Tarvitz asks: May I ask if you have any strong feelings towards Carthage, one way or another?

Mostly I wish we knew more about them. Very little survives of the Punic language and nothing of their literary culture, assuming they had one. Also they had drunk elephants.

Vyr asks: When are Alethia and Morgan going on that date where they rumor mill and gossip about everyone in the DB?

Alethia Archenksova
High Councillor, Odan-Urr

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Greetings all, The first phase of RoS: Meridian will be coming to a close at the end of the day (site time!) on 10/22/2018. Before the phase comes to a close, I wanted to clarify a few things, highlight some of our goals design-wise here, and...

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Greetings all,

The first phase of RoS: Meridian will be coming to a close at the end of the day (site time!) on 10/22/2018. Before the phase comes to a close, I wanted to clarify a few things, highlight some of our goals design-wise here, and issue some reminders from various Dark Councilors.

RoS Timeline

As a quick recap, the RoS timeline is below. All days indicated are "site time", and the event concludes with the end of Phase III:

Phase I: 10/14 - 10/22
Phase II: 10/27-11/5
Phase III: 11/10-11/19

Updated to competitions regarding participation

We have made a few minor updates to competitions regarding participation values and placement values to match our original intent, and have ensured that the parent competition properly reflects the points earned for participating in at least one competition per bin. In general, this is just a matter of standardizing across bins (e.g. some competitions had the wrong values for participation or placement), and making sure each competition reflects the fact that completing all bins in a given phase will award a bonus point value - and what that value is. For each week-long phase, that is 3 points, and for the Event Long Phase, that bonus is 5 points. Feel free to email us if you have noticed what you think is an error in the values of competitions.

Participation and Scoring in RoS: Meridian

The Rite of Supremacy uses a scoring system very similar to the system we used for the Great Jedi War, which I detailed in the past. The goal of this system is that we provide a balanced system that keeps the points from participation and placement in balance (and allows us to specify what that balance means). Notably different from the Great Jedi War is that participation points contribute three fourts of all points to the competition; this 'flips' the Great Jedi War point scale, where placement was three fourths.

To recap the scoring, a brief overview of the event is needed. For those of you just tuning in, the Rite of Supremacy is divided into four phases - Phase I, II, and III, and an Event Long phase. Each of these phases contain multiuple competitions, which are divided into bins.

Members earn points by: 1) Making a valid submission to a competition in a bin for the first time (e.g. submitting to either Fiction or Graphics in the Phase I Fiction/Graphics Bin; submtiting to both does not earn you extra points, but gives you a shot to place in both), 2) Having a valid submission to at least one competition in all bins in a phase (e.g. submitting to each of the three bins in Phase I), 3) Earning placement points from placing in any competition.

Because the number of bins and the difficulty of competitions varies, the points earned for participating in a given bin (#1) above, as well as the points earned for completing all the bins in a phase (#2 above) varies depending on the bin and phase. Placement points also vary per competition - competitions the Dark Council consider more skillful will award more placement points. Competitions themselves mention the relative number of points given for placement, as well as the points for participation.

Because participation means so much, we also work to level the relative playing field of unit sizes. In discussions with summits in the past, our method of doing became referred to as 'ghost members.' In essence, this system grants units participation points based on their unit activity and relative size. The way this works is that we create a set of 'ghost members' for each unit, based on the size difference from our largest unit, and have them participate at the same rate (and with the same participation points) as the average member of that particular unit. In this way, unit sizes are partially adjusted, although this doesn't account for differences in placement points.

Design philosophy

During typical Vendettas, we have event long competitions and some number of phases. This often makes it very difficult for members to concentrate well on event long competitions. Moreover, the two-week phases are often very intense in and of themselves, sometimes with as many or more competition options as the longer, event long phases. For this RoS, we tried to flip this on its head. The Phases will be only a little over a week, and will only have three bins. We grouped Fiction and Graphics together, to reduce what members had to do to get full bin participation. Moreover, we have provided many competitions - and many of them having some complexity - for event long activities. By taking two separate week long breaks from weekly competitions in the RoS, we hope members can really focus on writing excellent collaborative fiction, being creative, and being the best gamers they can.

We also wanted a chance to have multiple phases, where members could interact with the plot in a different way. You'll notice that in the Fiction/Graphics bin for each week, there will be prompt choices. These choices are tied in part to how the story for the event will move forward, and members directly contribute to which direction the fiction takes by participating in one of the three prompts - something we will make sure is clear in all future competitions (as it is in Fiction this week).

Notes from the Council: Email questions!

During any large event there will be plenty of questions, from large to small. Because of the number of chats we are tracking, and our desire to ensure that we are getting members the exact same information, please always use email to ask any major question about participation, competition language, or rules during this Vendetta. Consuls are a great starting point to ask for clarification, as many of them have already seen/heard questions and had answers, but we are always willing to help out... it is just easier on us if this is done by email!

Notes from the Council: Gaming and chat policies during the Vendetta

In order to keep #DBGaming clear for match formation, the Fist has instituted a heavier moderation than usual, and the chat is to be used strictly for the formation of matches. This will be relaxed following the RoS, but has been instituted to keep chat traffic as clear as possible due to repeated complaints in the past about the difficulty of using the channel to find matches. By the same token, do not set up PvP matches in private messages and only in DB Gaming, and make sure to announce PvO where relevant, too.

Notes from the Council: First posts due for Objective-Based Team Fiction / Run - On

The Objective-Based Team fiction (run-on-like) event requires that all teams have addressed their first objective by October 28th, as per the [competition details](https://www.darkjedibrotherhood.com/competitions/14297. If a team fails to do so, they may still quality for participation if an individual fulfills their posting obligations, but the team will receive no placement points.

Notes from the Council: Recent DC News Posts and Updates

In case you missed them the first time around, a few important updates from the Dark Council below:

With that, I wish everyone luck with the final weekend of Phase I!

Telaris "Mav" Cantor
Grand Master

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All- Quick note on the HotS Bracket: You do not need to play best 3 of 5. A single game with a clear winner and loser will suffice. The intent is not for members to play 3 hours of HotS for each bracket matchup. Thanks, and good luck to all in the...

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Quick note on the HotS Bracket:

You do not need to play best 3 of 5. A single game with a clear winner and loser will suffice. The intent is not for members to play 3 hours of HotS for each bracket matchup.

Thanks, and good luck to all in the RoS.

-Drac

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Clan Credits Credit Earning for the Rite of Supremacy has been finalized. This details the bonus credits that will be earned by each Clan after the Rite of Supremacy is over and results are announced, in addition to credits earned through the...

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Clan Credits

Credit Earning for the Rite of Supremacy has been finalized. This details the bonus credits that will be earned by each Clan after the Rite of Supremacy is over and results are announced, in addition to credits earned through the normal salary policy managed by the site.

Participation Credits: Clans will earn 1,000,000 credits for every full participation % point they earn. This is calculated by adding up how many unique bins were participated in by members of a Clan, then dividing that by the number of available bins that could have been participated in total across the entire war for that Clan.

Clan roster sizes will be determined by the same method as the war placement. Max payment will be 100,000,000 credits for full participation.

Merit Credits: Clans will earn credits depending on their final placement in the war, relative to the other Clans. Top Clan gets 20,000,000 credits, and then the payout is reduced by 5% for each lower position rounded up to the nearest 100,000 credits. This results in all Clans getting at least 15,600,000 credits, with up to 20,000,000 bonus credits for placing at the top.

  • 1st: 20,000,000
  • 2nd: 19,000,000
  • 3rd: 18,100,000
  • 4th: 17,200,000
  • 5th: 16,400,000
  • 6th: 15,600,000

DJB Wide Participation Credits: Each Clan will earn 1,000,000 credits for every full participation % point earned by all members on a Clan roster. This is calculated by adding up how many unique bins were participated in by members of all Clans, then dividing that by the number of available bins that could have been participated in total across the entire war for all Clan members.

DJB Clan roster size will be determined by the same method as the war placement. Max payment will be 100,000,000 credits to all Clans for full participation.

The final bonus will be paid out to Clans, adding the three numbers above: Participation credits + Merit credits + DJB Wide Participation credits = Final credit bonus.

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Greetings programs! I feel like people have some misunderstandings or issues with the Objective-based fiction, specifically, what their first post in the Discourse thread should contain so I'm posting this as a reminder to everyone: Post #1...

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Greetings programs!

I feel like people have some misunderstandings or issues with the Objective-based fiction, specifically, what their first post in the Discourse thread should contain so I'm posting this as a reminder to everyone:

Post #1 should contain:

  • Team roster of characters, including snapshots of Character sheets used in the event

  • chosen Path (of the three available)

It can also include posting rules, links to wiki pages or a link to the main comp for easy reference

Post #1 does not need to contain:

  • full, copy/pasted comp description because it's not necessary

Below you will find a good example of this:

RoSM: Clan Naga Sadow - Team Green Monkeys

Additionally, as you can see in that example, post #2 will be either mine or Evant's detailing the objectives. While the objectives are readily accessible via wiki, we'd like each team to have them on their thread for future reference. Do not post story posts before we add the objectives

(Suggestion: use Google docs before posting)

Relevant links:

Objective-Based Team Fiction comp,

Objective-Based Team Fiction wiki

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Selen Estle City The Citadel, shortly after the quelling of the riots The data they'd received from the Deputy Grandmaster and...other sources, was irrefutable. The Collective was building up for a fresh offensive, and it was happening in or...

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Selen
Estle City
The Citadel, shortly after the quelling of the riots

The data they'd received from the Deputy Grandmaster and...other sources, was irrefutable. The Collective was building up for a fresh offensive, and it was happening in or around the Kessel Sector.

Our back-bloody-yard, thought the Shadow Lord with a glare at the projected map. Red lines abounded, ships that had been marked as Capital Enterprises and Technocratic Guild crisscrossing the sector. Qel-Droma's pirate, smuggler, and 'completely honest and legitimate' merchant contacts had been offered a small bounty on information about any ships bearing markings related to various Collective groups.

Other information that the Sorenn woman had provided aligned with some that had been gleaned from captured Collective assets on Selen. The efforts of Galeres to defend Estle City from the marauding shipwreck survivors had seen mixed results, but capture orders to Spectre Cell had given them some enemy personnel to work with. He grimaced, the word 'capture' even leaving a bad taste in the Ryn's mouth. Abductions was what they were, taken from the enemy's hidden camp in the night, black bagged and taken to Borea Detention Center for extensive interrogation. The word 'Meredian' hadn't come up, but information suggesting a base or waystation had begun to collate.

"Makes sense," muttered Kordath Bleu.

"Pardon?" asked the red-haired woman sitting on the other side of the conference table. Datapads and small, precise stacks of flimsi were arrayed before her in an orderly fashion. Compared to her Consul's pile of collected intel sources and a spread mess of caf, she looked incredibly professional.

He cleared his throat and looked up at Lucine Vasano. "Said it makes sense, that they'd have a base near tha Kessel Sector. All the bloody intel they got on us, why wouldn't they have somethin' ta strike at us in particular? Bet they thought it was temporary, too," he spoke with a strange calm, yet still with a grin.

"Because they expected the bait and switch at Nancora to allow them to wipe out our presence here on Selen?" asked the Aedile of Qel-Droma, quirking an eyebrow. "Much as they did to several of our compatriot clans?"

Bleu nodded. "Nancora, bloody Nancora. Whatever this place is," he tapped his finger to draw the holoprojection of the Kessel sector and outlier space more into focus. "Whatever bleedin' Meridian is, it won't be another Nancora."

Across the table, Lucine's fingers moved across her datapad, and the projection shifted. Shifting lines of purple appeared, marking Arcona Expeditionary Force patrols and reconnaissance in the area. Several icons showed up in the deeper reaches, past the so-called civilized areas of the sector and Hutt space. Percentages appeared next to them, none quite reaching the ninety percentile range, but the spreading ranges of purple and the data the Deputy Grandmaster supplied was narrowing it down.

"We suspect the installation, or world, is at one of these locations. Further investigation should yield solid results," stated the cultured woman. Her eyes flicked past the Ryn, towards his towering bodyguard. She reddened if but for a moment and turned her attention back to the map. "Dare I ask our objective? A preemptive strike before they can gather to assault Selen anew, this time without our allies present?"

Kordath took a moment to lift his mug of caf to his lips, hiding the smile behind it. It was no secret that the Arconae disapproved of Bleu having credited the assistance of Odan-Urr's fleet with largely helping Selen avoid the same fate as some of the other Clan's homeworlds. Especially Tarentum. Putting a pebble in the Arconae’s boots didn’t bother him much at all. He took a sip and put the mug down, leaning back in his chair.

"We've been rebuildin' Ol'val and gettin' Estle back under control ever since we came home from that reactionary kark-up that was Nancora. Our people been shootin' at or knockin' about our own folks, time for that ta stop, for one. Also, our accounts are lookin' pretty red."

"You intend to rob the Collective?" this time the woman sounded amused.

He shrugged, giving her a sheepish grin. "They've done far worse ta us. This is a righteous cause, now, luv." He lifted a hand and began ticking off points with raised fingers. "One, we get ta, as ya said, preemptively strike before they can do us harm. We've already been tryin' ta catch their merchant ships on that front. Two, we get ta kick in some teeth for all tha raidin' on Estle, not ta mention for Atyiru and Tarentum." His voice wavered as he spoke, and even Lucine had the grace to look away at the mention of her late Master.

"And three," he said, clearing his throat, "if this Meridian place is where they're buildin' up ta stage an attack, that means supplies. Stuff we can use, stuff we can bleedin' offload to tha Hutts. We need tha credits. Could be a solid payday."

"So we're going to go along with the Council's call to arms? They've done little for us this past year."

"They ain't been purgin'," growled the Ryn. "That's a point in Telaris's favor right there. I trust Sorenn about as much as I can, well, you," he gave the redhead a smirk, noticing the slight annoyance that passed over her features but which was quickly suppressed. "But she's not wrong in this. Bloody capable, dangerous women," muttered Kordath.

"Indeed," spoke Lucine, dryly. "Oh, should I inform the new Rollmaster that she should prepare her charges for battle?"

He winced at the segue but nodded. A tap on the projector controls switched the display from a map to an active duty roster of ships, crews, infantry and 'specialists'. The Shadow Lord was under no illusions. People would die because of this plan, but a whole lot more folks would be lost if they didn't act.

"And Lucine?" he spoke, as the woman gathered her things, pausing to give him a glance. "Let tha others know, Morgan told all tha clans. That means this is a bloody race, far as we're concerned. Let 'em know, not all tha loot will be for tha treasury. This is fer our people too."

The fresh and able Director of Intelligence gave him a nod, and threw a glance towards his bodyguard once more.

"Oh bloody well help her with her things, Strong," sighed Kordath, leaning back in his chair again and staring at the ceiling.

I should check on that stupid bloody lizardman anyway.

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Clan News

/me borrows mic

Hello, lovelies.

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*For the next five minutes.

Obviously a lot's been going on this month. There was an ACC event for the club that Arcona dominated (seven sexy fighters entered, and seven placed in the top ten), we had some House events finish their rounds at the start of the month (hi HQD) and we, obviously, got another Episode of Sins of the Past completed! Yaaaaaay!

Pictured here, the events on Selen:

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(Yeah you bet I'm abusing being able to put GIFs in a report again)

Now, Terran and I and our conspirators are working on getting the last chapters of the conclusion for Episode IV out for you all — things are moving slowly because of attention divided by the big Vendetta that we're going to be yelling at you about for the next five weeks — and we'll get them out to you soon, hopefully this week. A lot of the plot is going to feature pieces taken straight from submitted fictions thanks to our lovely and willing writers, so good job you guys and much credit and love to them. We're always telling you that these comps are your chance to be a part of and direct the Clan storyline, and we mean it.

I could wax awhile about how we were really impressed by some multimedia entries and appreciated all those fictions, but what we're really here for is results, right? So, without further ado, I'd like to congratulate the Red Qek, Q himself on winning Episode IV: A New Threat! Q honestly dominated this round. Like, his points were almost double second place. But that's not to lessen our other placers a bit! Congratulations and very well done also to Zujenia on second and Timeros and Skar both on their shared third place. Well bloody done, guys and girls. We're proud as hell. Just goes to show any one of you Arconans can show up, be you a regular member, current summit, or old man brushing off dust (<3), and you can still be excellent if you try.

A big shout out to everyone who participated — 16 in all! — this round!

Oh, and one more thing.

This Episode sure shook up the overall competition leaderboard. Where Kordykins the Consul once held an almost unquestionable lead, the gap has closed with Q hot on his tail! Many of you are also in the running to catch up, while others currently above you have left the Clan. With three more Episodes to go, things are by no means over yet. You want to kick some ass? Go and get it!

You can see all the details here!

That's all for now, my darlings. Go ahead and shift your focus and energy to the Rite, and we'll be working diligently while doing the same to show you what happens with Varon, Lea and Ever, Arcona, the Citadel, and our hold on Selen! It's all going to take place, timeline-wise, before the start of Meridian, so you needn't concern yourself with it overmuch while writing your stories or playing your gaming matches. Just do us proud and do like Arcona always does: perform, no matter the odds!

(Heh.)

See all your Rite of Supremacy information below. Rise up, eyes up, kids. It's important.

  • Atty & Terran

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Brotherhood News

The Rites of Supremacy are here! Well, here actually. There’s a TON of information there, take it piecemeal. There’s links to the relevant fictions worked up by various Dark Councillors aaaaand those are important because they contain the answers to the Shadow Academy courses related to this event! Also fictional background for your fiction entries and ‘team writing (run-on)’ exercises.

Speaking of, if you’ve NOT signed up with a Run-On team, do it NOW. After the first two weeks of the event is over, you will NOT be able to get participation in this event.

And the highlight of this, the Rites is not about ‘winning all the things’ or the usual. It’s about show of force, it’s about doing all the things! Participating in ALL of the event bins will earn you (and the Clan!) bonus points. That means ONE competition out of every bin, do that, and you’ve done an awesome service to your fellow Arconans!

As the introduction fiction for this report shows, the Collective is in our backyard. That means this is personal for Arcona, that means we gotta show how badass we really are. Show up, do your part, and show that Arconan spirit that makes us the most amazing, awesome, fricken fantastic Clan around!

Note: There are event long gaming events if you did NOT sign up for the bracket, so do some gaming, earn some clusters, score some points for the Clan!

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AsktheRyn

  • Zujenia asks

    • Any advice for the new members in the club?
      • Do all the things! But seriously, figure out what you like, socialize, and go from there.
    • Did Kord have IT rig the Brotherhood's newsletter to include a weekly puzzle?
      • I have never begged James or his robot to do any such thing.
    • Have anyone reminded you about the big fluffy sleeping under the mountain is now in your control?
      • ….someone fetch me a saddle.
    • I mean, what fluffy?
      • Don’t you play mindgames with me woman!
    • How do ya feel about Zuj barging in and demanding to train the recruits?
      • ‘Ma’am yes ma’am! O’ course, this does mean you’ll be spendin’ more time on Selen, eh?’
  • Donny/Uji/The Log asks,

    • if you had to pick a period throughout your entire DJB career- what "era" would you pick as your favorite and why?
      • Hard to say, I can’t really think of a time where I wasn’t doing the same thing I am now, just on a different scale. Maybe Nighthawk BTL, it was more cozy, more intimate?
    • what do you consider to be your primary goals as Consul? What shapes the actions you take to improve the Clan?
      • My primary goal is to not let the Clan fall apart or fall to inactivity, so far my attempts have had middling returns. I’ll admit that I’m rather reactive, with spurts of proactive, but am not the best planner in the world.
    • if you could make any change you wanted to one aspect of the DJB or Arcona what would it be?
      • ‘No More Mandos’ comes to mind :P
    • Future aspirations for yourself both in the Club and for Kordath as a character?
      • I’d like to be a judge again, and Kordatd would like to be happy.
    • do you really think I think of these questions at one time?
      • Eh….
  • Lucine asks,

    • Even if the Log did think of all his questions at one time, do you think he would intentionally do something to make your life easier?
      • Probably not.
  • Skar asks,

    • how are those wounds healing up mate :p
      • Not sure what you’re referring to.
  • Tali Zorah asks,

    • Sooo, how did the riots go?
      • Rioty, smoke, fire, looting. Great party.
    • What actions as the Citadel taken to ensure no more rioting in the streets?
      • Patrols, convincing people it’s more beneficial to work and reorder their homes.
    • How's Zuji doing? I hear she had some custody kerfuffle. Care to elaborate?
      • She’s lovely. What custody kerfuffle?
    • How are we preparing for RoS? How do you rate our chances of being Best Clan #1?
      • We prepare by making sure the membership is informed, hyped, and ready to go. As to our chances, I think we’ll do quite well.
  • Jael asks,

    • How does the ryn feel about porgs?
      • Best with some salt, bit of pepper, lemon pepper especially.
  • Xenna Azara asks,

    • #asktheryn are you going bald? There is ryn hair EVERYWHERE!
      • Stress shedding, should go down a bit as time goes on. Hah. Haha.
    • what is your worst memory of your punk rock phase?
      • Phase? Phases end.
  • Alethia(ARCH) asks,

    • How come you get more #Ask questions than I do?
      • My people are awesome. Also we skipped last months report due to the events running and reasons.
    • Does this avatar make my ass look big?
      • One, I’ll need a closer look. Two, you suggest this is a bad thing.
  • Leeadra asks,

    • if you started a band, what would you name it?
      • The Ryns, Ryn Pistols, Dropkick Ryns
  • Atra asks,

    • is there anything you would classify as a failure in your efforts thus far?
      • Outright failure? Nothing yet, though there are some projects I need to revisit before I can make that decision.
  • Lucine asks a bunch more!

    • 1) So, any good attempts of your life recently?
      • Had a few tries, one bad dream about a Kaleesh crushing my throat.
    • 2) How's the RoS shaping up? How do you think our chances look?
      • It shapes, it comes, it looms, IT IS UPON US! I call our chances better than fair, this is Arcona, this is a participation driven event, I think this is right up our alley.
    • 3) What are your plans to restore law and order to Estle City?
      • SWOOP intiative is a nice touch, finding work for those that are idle. Maybe some camps outside of the city for working, grow the local fishing industry to avoid relying so much on imported foodstuffs.
    • 4) Can you pass the marshmallows? There seems to be a small fire going on in Estle City.
      • Only if you brought the chocolate, pretty sure Sprout brought the graham crackers.
    • 5) Can Strong come out to play?
      • It is amazing how he’s out the door before I finish telling him you asked after him.
    • 6) How goes the Ryn's sobriety?
      • Solid if distracting. Not sleeping much. Caf is love, caf is life.
    • 7) Any plans for that shiny new kukri you got? What will you wear to accessorize with it?
      • Honestly uncertain what to do with it, it lacks some of the utility of the sapphire stabby I have. As for accessories? Maybe pants. Maybe.
    • 8) What are the Ryn's plans for the RoS?
      • DO ALL THE THINGS. HYPE ALL THE THINGS.
    • 9) What are the Ryn's thoughts toward this new, improved and more trustworthy Inquisitorius?
      • Possibly useful, still needs a watchful eye. Keep an open mind but take everything with many grains of salt.
    • 10) Protein?
      • PROTEIN
  • Doctor Rhylance asks,

    • 1. How would Kordath love a new drinking buddy? Cause I've got just the Sephi.
      • Platonic friends are great. Kord is trying to be sober. And especially sober around new ladyfriends.
    • 2. What is Kords opinion on the collective? The Dark Council?
      • The Collective are a group who is trying very hard to be clever, and not really pulling it off too well. The Dark Council is untrustworthy and have their own individual agendas, too much Sith. (This is in character, promise, Mav :P)
    • 3. Does Kord feel safe?
      • Rarely.
    • 4. What is Strongs opinion on the state of Estle city after these mobs?
      • Bit smokey.
    • 5. When is the Arcona Summit picnic? What would you like Rhylance to bring?
      • Possibly in the spring, it's about to be winter on Selen, be a bit chilly. Rhylance can bring what he likes, just make sure the security droids get a good scan of it.

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Final Thoughts

So, that sums up the report for September/October! Proud of all of you who took part in Sins, and prepared to see the awesome that you’re all gonna bring to the Rites of Supremacy!

Until next time!

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In its aim to fight Force users on every front, the Collective has spread throughout Brotherhood space and no Clan has remained unharmed. Rath Oligard's massive propaganda machine continues to spread and 'illuminate' the masses of...

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In its aim to fight Force users on every front, the Collective has spread throughout Brotherhood space and no Clan has remained unharmed. Rath Oligard's massive propaganda machine continues to spread and 'illuminate' the masses of non-Force users on many Brotherhood planets and beyond. The Technocratic Guild, ever improving their fleets of warships and spy network capabilities, continue to be the bane of the Inquisitorius and Clans alike, while the Capital Enterprises board consolidates even more corporate holdings to keep the effort alive.

But a crack has formed in the Collective's nearly impenetrable veil of secrecy. An Inquisitorius Listener ship carrying important data on enemy movements was destroyed beyond the borders of Wild Space. A missing agent and an artifact of unknown power, last seen in the Kessel sector, drew the attention of the Dark Council and, through them, the Clans. With divided goals but a unified purpose, the Clans and the Dark Council face off against their mutual enemy once again.

A buildup of enemy forces in the Kessel sector looks to be a formation of a new front in the war for survival.

Welcome to Rite of Supremacy: Meridian

Fiction update

Prologue: The Search for Meridian

Psi Termina I Inquisitorius Listener Ship Wild Space 2 weeks ago

A long bead of sweat trailed down captain Dalla Fenn’s forehead as the proximity alert resounded through the ship’s interior. She spared a glance across the sensor screen indicating incoming enemy contacts. Instinctively, she shut out everyone around heras her analytical, cybernetically augmented mind ran through every conceivable scenario. Her tactical officer yelled out the IFF codes and identified every enemy ship in turn, but even as he finished, Dalla knew what the outcome would be.

“Ma’am!” the tactical officer drew her attention finally. “Your orders?”

Dalla gave him an uncomfortably long look before acting. “Keep them at bay as long as possible. Power to shields and automated defenses. We have to transmit what little information we have before...” The venerable Akan Dreadnought-class cruiser rushed into real-space as its complement of fighters opened fire on the Psi Termina I’s shields and made the small, modified freighter shake in defiance.

Read the full opening fiction click here

Competitions list

First of all you can find the main competitions listing here: Competition: Rite of Supremacy: Meridian

You can find additional info on the RoS: Meridian Wiki page

Competitions are split into three weekly phases and one event-long phase, as detailed below.

The event-long competition run the full length of the event (Hi, my name is Captain Obvious Vyr) and include single and team based competitions. These are intense competitions that will require cooperation in many aspects.

Phases I, II and III run for one (1) week each and include simpler competitions for solo participation.

  • Phase I of the Rite of Supremacy runs from October 14 until October 22

  • Phase II of the Rite of Supremacy runs from October 27 until November 5

  • Phase III of the Rite of Supremacy runs from November 11 until November 19

We have left one week between each Phase so participants can focus on event long competitions or simply chill until the next intense Phase starts.

Event long competitions

Phase I competitions

Phase II and II competitions

Phase II and III competitions will be submitted upon the start of their respective phases, but will follow largely the same formula as Phase I.

Heroes and winning Clans

This event will award both individuals and Clans for excellent performance.

  • The top three individuals earning the most points in Rite of Supremacy will be awarded Hero titles. Members with tie scores will be broken following an Olympic-style Novae and placement ranking.

  • The top Clan will earn a Possession item, a weapon skin and an accessory skin

  • The first runner-up Clan will earn a weapon skin

  • The second runner-up Clan will earn an accessory skin

Participation and placement points

The Rite of Supremacy is using a similar system to the one used during the Twelfth Great Jedi War, the details of which you can find in one of Mav’s old news posts here.

In essence, as members participate, they increase the total pool of points that go towards placement values. But unlike GJW XII, in this RoS, participation is worth far more of the total points. In GJWXII, only one fourth of total points earned came from participation. In the RoS, three fourths of all points will come from participation. In this event, participation will be extremely important.

Mav will elaborate more on scoring and other design choices in an upcoming news post, so stay tuned.

Time to fight!

That’s about it for now, ladies and gentlemen!

Take your war faces into the fray and show us what you can do. May the best Clan win!

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Greetings programs!

Just a quick update for everyone, the Rite of Supremacy will require an additional day of pre-flight checks.

To avoid confusion of launching in the middle of site day tomorrow, the event will officially start with the 14th of October, site time.

Expect an update from me tomorrow.

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Hello Taldryan, this is going to be one of the rather large reports from me as there has a lot of things happened since my last report. Spoiling, there will be informations for the upcoming Rite of Supremacy as well as the future of the Clan and some of the changes the Summit will enact over the months after the Rite of Supremacy. But now lets head right into it.

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News

Clan news

A Legend rises

Starting with the most exciting news from within the Clan; we have been able to re-open House Archanis to the membership of the Clan. While the initial, yet outstanding proposal came from Justinios and Mark, we were able to do so only because of the steadily growing level of activity of you, the Members of Clan Taldryan. Now again with two Houses available to our members, we made a big step towards what I was looking for when I became Consul of Clan Taldryan again: Moving the Clan from a Summit driven development to a member driven development where every actions will have a direct impact on the Clan's fictional story.

Changes in Ektrosis

As Justinios has stated in his recent report, there will be some changes in Ektrosis following the events of the Rite of Supremacy. First and foremost the Morality level system the House has based its actions on in the past will be ceased in favor of a similar decision model as in House Archanis where members can choose between two fictional paths that will give its members some advantages for any House or Clan wide run competition based on their advancement on their chosen path. For more details you should check this document Houses and Institutions of Clan Taldryan and Justinios most recent Quaestor Report here: Ektrosis Quaestor Report #7: Guts and Glory

With its Houses the Clan changes too

As spoiled above the changes in House Ektrosis and the way the resurgent House Archanis is designed these two will likewise have their impact on the fictional development of Taldryan. First off Ektrosis Morality System will be modified and then brought to you on a Clan base with Dark and Light decisions leaving it open to the members of the Clan as in which direction the Clan moves, this even may result in Rian getting killed during the events (though be sure that I will haunt you and your children eternally if you decide to do so )

Another impact will be what I call Activity Points or AP. A Clan can be alive only if their members are alive. For this reason, every valid submission to a House Competition will create AP for the House and every AP is valued a certain amount of Credits the Clan Summit will grant the House leaders to buy possessions for the House.

Wait, did I just say the Quaestors can buy stuff for our Houses? Yes and no, while it remains that only the Consul and Proconsul can buy stuff for Units, the Quaestors can request items for your House based on the Credits the House has earned so far and we will buy it for them.

With the above being one way to get some nice military units for your House, the more practicable will be House feuds where members from each House will compeed agains the members of the other House for picking rites for one of two military possessions the Summit will offer to the winner of the feud. Of course for the events of the feuds members of each house can bring in the advantages of the path they had chosen in within their respective House.

Changes to our Fleet

Just in time for the upcoming Rite of Supremacy, we have made some alterations to our Clan's naval fleet. In exchange for our three EF76 Nebulon-B class frigates, we bought an Acclamator-class and two Strike-class cruisers to make up for a lack in heavy fire power, we also bought four brand new Raider I-class Corvettes to fill the lack of Anti-starfighter support from the missing Nebulon-B's. Overall this rounds up both our home-defense and main flotilla. There are also new Shuttle flights, Expedition and Skybolt meant to be used by the members of Taldryan to be used if they don't want or can't bring in their own starships for fiction competitions.

Clan Reports

Dark Jedi Brotherhood news

Rite of Supremacy: Meridian

The next big DB-wide event is right upon us, Rite of Supremacy: Meridian. After the events on Nancora, the Rite of Supremacy gives us an opportunity to strike against the Collective and while not many details have been made public yet, there have been some fiction updates from the Dark Council that I am highly recommending you to look over in order to be up to date when the Rite of Supremacy starts:

More reports from the Dark Council since the last Consul Report

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Honorable Mentions

Some members of Taldryan who deserve being mentioned for their outstanding work over the last couple weeks:

  • Congratulations to Aden Karas for passing his Knightening Trials and becoming the most recent Knight of Clan Taldryan
  • Justinios Drake and Andrelious Mimosa-Inahj for being the winners of the most recent Caelus Chronicles event (more on these in my next report)
  • Omega Kira, Raistline Majere Taldrya, Catmatui and Aiden Dru for placing in the Top10 Royal Guard Leaderboard
  • A big welcome goes to Ric "Tater" Hunter and Volksven who joined the Clan over the last couple days

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Competitions

Rite of Supremacy: Meridian

Again the events of the RoS haven't been made public except a brief statement from the Voice that there will be three multi-objective prompt fiction competitions and a run-on competition over the course of the event. Also as usual with large Brotherhood-wide events, your Summit will post a general head up on the events of the RoS with tips and guidelines on the event competitions. There will also be a special telegram chat exclusivly for the members of Taldryan to discuss the event and its competitions. (A joining link for the chat will be supplied via e-mail once the room goes life.)

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Closing

Taldryan, once more our Clan will be at war against the Collective, let's show them and all other Clans that we are a force to be reckoned with. I know you can do that. For Taldryan!

~Rian Taldrya

Son of Taldrya

Consul of Taldryan

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