Throne Room The Dark Ascent, Arx 36 ABY 3 months after the battle of Nancora; 4 months before present day Grand Master Pravus stared through his table-mounted holo-screen at the mass of people — bureaucrats, nobles, merchants and dignitaries of...
The Dark Ascent, Arx
3 months after the battle of Nancora; 4 months before present day
Grand Master Pravus stared through his table-mounted holo-screen at the mass of people — bureaucrats, nobles, merchants and dignitaries of allied interest groups that served the Dark Brotherhood — gathered in the main reception hall of the Dark Ascent. Weapons traffickers, crime bosses, wealthy and influential politicians, all reveling in their perceived self-importance as they received summons from the Grand Master himself. Pravus felt his gut churn with contempt at the sight of them. They smelled profit in a war not their own, and they skittered about, like a swarm of insects greedy for nourishment. They were, at best, a necessary evil, otherwise he would not have had them in his bastion.
The simple reality was that the Brotherhood needed credits to finance their war against the Collective, a war that started at the worst of times. These...people were the unfortunate outcome. The emerging war was giving them legs to stand on while the promise of wealth and power afforded them a boldness they would otherwise fear to express in the Grand Master’s presence. Pravus held them all in silent contempt before finally withdrawing from his table. He closed the holo-screen and stared through the viewport onto the city below, ignoring its brilliance against a darkening sky.
A doorbell chimed at the far end of the office, sliding aside as the tall visage of his Deputy, Telaris, walked in. He was dressed in Inquisitorius robes and ceremonial armor, specifically tailored for the occasion. There was no expectation in his eyes. Telaris knew why he had been summoned.
"You have been patient. Did you think it would come so soon?" Pravus asked, not so much as glancing towards the Deputy Grand Master.
Telaris' expression remained steadfast. He did not have to answer, since he knew that the Grand Master wasn't expecting one. "What of you?" the Deputy inquired.
"There is...more that I seek. These strings no longer play to my liking. I'm merely—" Pravus paused and stared at something only he could see, always looking ever further, trying to shape the course of things to come. "—moving on."
"It's all decided, then."
"It had been even before I called for you. Howlader has been informed," Pravus stated.
Telaris fought the urge to run a hand through his brown hair, his eyes scanning the Grand Master. Silence hung between the two men, but there was almost a perceptible shift as well. As if the scales of power no longer skewed entirely in only one's favor.
Pravus rose to his full height as air rushed into his flared nostrils. The sound was sudden, but somehow added to the tension instead of breaking it. "I wonder if you regret such a transition," he pondered alloud. "It is the way of the Sith to take it, is it not?"
Another question that bore no fruit.
Whatever Telaris' thoughts were, he kept them tightly controlled. Nor was he obligated to do anything beyond that. That time was over, and the pieces were moving once more upon the board. Only now, it would be his will that they followed.
Written by: DGM Morgan Sorenn
- A gathering of bureaucrats, nobles, merchants, and dignitaries is being hosted at the Dark Ascent on Arx.
- In private, Grand Master Pravus reveals that he is stepping away from the throne.
- Deputy Grand Master Telaris is told that his time has come. Long may he reign.
- Back at the gathering, the various leadership representatives of the Clans are present: with the exception of Odan Urr.
- Telaris appears where Pravus should be, shocking many of the gathered to different degrees. They can’t believe it’s not butter, clearly.
- Telaris is the new Grand Master, and he says that in order to reforge the Brotherhood in the face of the threat that is the Collective, the Brotherhood needs to be unified.
- Telaris states that the Council will continue to bolster and support the Clans territories.
- Jac Cotelin has been replaced as Justicar by Dacien Victae diPlagia.
- Selika Roh has become the new Herald.
- Morgan Sorenn has become the new Deputy Grand Master.
- Later: It is revealed that a Collective spy was able to record the exchange and share it with the Collective leadership.
- Ghafa and Daggo argue over their mixed success and failures against the Brotherhood so far.
- Rath quiets them, and admits to not predicting that Pravus would just walk away from everything.
- Rath resolves that this will not stop him from achieving his goals. The Collective will not stop until the Brotherhood is eradicated from the face of the Galaxy.
Thank you, everyone for your continued patience. This fiction update officially kicks off our next story arc: The Collective. We went with this name to establish that The Collective are not a one-and-done adversary. They are a continual rival that challenges the existence of the Brotherhood. While this first Prologue doesn’t answer all of the questions you probably have, it serves as a strong base for handling some of the out-of-characters changes in the club from an in-character perspective. Namely, the transition from Pravus to Telaris as Grand Master.
For those that might be unsure or skeptic: as with any update we’ve published in the past two years, all fictions are run by the Consuls and other respective members that have their character featured. We trust the Consul’s to know their members, so please remember that we do not do anything, or use any character, without consent. We will continue to work with the Consuls to ensure parity and fairness, but ultimately the macro (main) storyline for the Brotherhood will remain firmly in the direction set by the Grand Master’s wishes. Updates will most likely come from either Vyr or myself, depending on our schedules.
The next chapter in this arc will bring us more in line with the future of the Brotherhood’s main storyline. This will help ramp up towards future events and continue to answer the question of how the Brotherhood operates as an organization in not just the face of an enemy as resourceful as The Collective, but with the lingering distrust and contempt the Clans have with each other.
Let us know what you think of the update in the comments. Do you think Grand Master Telaris has his work cut out for him? Will The Collective be the only threat to the Brotherhood? Stay tuned for more to come.
Good evening ladies, gentlemen, and non human species of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood. My expectations for this report were for it to drop after the Solo movie release. However life decided I was needed and 2 weeks later here I am. My apologies if...
Good evening ladies, gentlemen, and non human species of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood. My expectations for this report were for it to drop after the Solo movie release. However life decided I was needed and 2 weeks later here I am. My apologies if anybody missed me, but all complaints will be directed to Howie 8-P Jokes aside this report will go on to highlight some of the positive results we have reached through our outreach, quick update on competitions, a call for applications for a Social Media assistant/peer, and lastly a joint project with the Headmaster. Read on for more information.
Activity on Our Platforms
Our biggest hit so far has been Facebook by a landslide. Instagram has been great as well, but a bit slower to gain and maintain followers. Twitter is another beast unto it’s own with followers increasing by 1,000 on some weeks and then decreasing 500 the week after. Not sure what to make of that, but the activity is there.
However the current competitions utilizing them have helped gain some good traction helping gain and maintain a stable user following, but the targeting strategies for Social Media change almost everyday. Our platforms did earn some great boost in subscribers from May 4th be with you and the Solo release.
Below I have input some pictures of stats for your fancy. Metrics have decreased slight since last update, but it was expected due to the two major dates for Star Wars fans back in May. However the numbers themselves still remain healthy and our outreach is still continuing to reach fans worldwide.
Social Media Followers Prior to May 4th and 7 Days After
One Month Page Metrics
May 22nd 2018 - June 18th 2018
As always keep a close look out for all platforms we are currently utilizing as we move forward with our outreach campaign across social media and please like, comment, subscribe, and follow if you can. Every member that does will only help us further improve our footprint.
Both Instagram and Twitter competitions received a nice welcoming. I appreciate everyone who helped by participating. However I did want to address some upcoming changes. I do plan to move the Twitter competition to a bi-weekly event and trivia questions will be randomly posted just a few days a week during that time frame. So make sure your notifications are on if you want to participate. If activity picks back up with the Twitter competition then I will definitely consider returning it more frequently.
I did have a minor hiccup as the organizer with Twitter that I wanted to say thank you to Howie, Evant, Halc, James, Teylas, and the participants for their patience and help with correcting it. Everything has been corrected, but I know updates to a already completed competition takes additional effort to help fix. Thank you for understanding.
In regards to the Instagram competition I highly encourage participants to submit their image in the competition page as well as chat to help me when adding participants. Please make sure the art you sent was created by you though. Thanks again for your work as you all have been kicking butt. Look forward to more coming up once I update the future competitions.
“The first rule of social media is that everything changes all the time. What won’t change is the community’s desire to network.” – Kami Huyse @kamichat
Applications for Social Media Staff Member
After discussing with Mav, I want to open up applications for members to become a Social Media Staff member. Currently I’m seeking 1 member at this time, but if the applications have some great ideas and plans to help growing community further I would be hard pressed in petitioning for 2 members.
Applications are to be sent to me at [Log in to view e-mail addresses] no later than July 4th. This position while essentially helping the Social Media Tribune will be more focused on assisting in future projects, updating the wiki page as needed, creating/running competitions geared towards boosting our platform interest/activity, and helping in brainstorming the changing landscape of outreach that can further our voice on Social Media.
I am accepting applications from all member regardless of rank, but do expect members who have used Social Media at some point and are familiar with the three major platforms the DJB uses (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). Real life experience can also be used in your application if it is relevant. I look forward to your applications and if you have any questions feel free to ask.
Future Collaboration with the Headmaster
Seraphol had previously come up to me with an idea that sounded like a great opportunity to help new members who join, and also our fellow Star Wars lurkers in Social Media land.
I won't go into a tremendous amount of detail as it is in the early stages. Our collaborative goal is to create short videos that will help explain quick bits on relevant DJB topics to help folks learn about many different aspects of the DJB. Think activity, how to, etc. The goal is to add a user friendly process and help folks just joining as well as giving a bit more information to people looking to learn more about us before pulling the trigger to join.
Keep an eye out on the Headmaster’s next report for a bit more detail on our project moving forward.
Thats all for this edition from your Social Media Tribune. Keep on eye out on new competitions being released in the future. As always if you have any ideas, thoughts, or concerns please feel free to email, or PM me on telegram.
Until next time folks,
Greetings everyone, the first joint event between Scholae Palatinea and Taldryan has been graded. There were a lot of great submissions from both units but in the end we had to come up with the Top 3 Placements. Not going to delay it not any...
the first joint event between Scholae Palatinea and Taldryan has been graded. There were a lot of great submissions from both units but in the end we had to come up with the Top 3 Placements. Not going to delay it not any longer, the winners are as followed:
1st Place: Seer Mune Cinteroph-Palpatine
2nd Place: Colonel Quejo
3rd Place: Prophet Halcyon Rokir Taldrya
Congratulations to all winners and thank you for anyone who participated in the event.
Consul of Clan Taldrya
This will be short and sweet. After reviewing all applications sent, I have chosen Marcus Kiriyu as my new Praetor. Marcus has past experience in the Academy and his ideas for the direction of the Academy match mine. If you sent in a valid...
This will be short and sweet. After reviewing all applications sent, I have chosen Marcus Kiriyu as my new Praetor. Marcus has past experience in the Academy and his ideas for the direction of the Academy match mine. If you sent in a valid application you should be receiving an email soon.
Thanks to all of the applicants!
Important message from the office of the Taldryan Consul: Last night, forces of Taldryan have attacked the former imperial prison known as the Bastion on the moon Orth. Once the lead ship of the imperial garrison of the Caelus system, the Imperial...
Important message from the office of the Taldryan Consul:
Last night, forces of Taldryan have attacked the former imperial prison known as the Bastion on the moon Orth. Once the lead ship of the imperial garrison of the Caelus system, the Imperial I-class Stardestroyer was repurposed into a prison after a coup following the events of the galactic concordance. Over the past decade, the prison became a tolerated black market for salvaged technology with more recent intel indicating that terrorists were working on restoring the Bastion for their own use. Well aware of this imminent danger to the Caelus system and its citizens, Astor Ky'Lian reached out to the forces of Taldryan, requesting the Clan's assistance in dealing with the threat.
Following the request, Taldryan sent out two strike teams.
During the first attack wave, Warlord Andrelious Mimosa-Inahj and Licon Inahj led an aerial attack against the Stardestroyer's anti-air artillery which was countered by the Bastion mobilizing its lone functioning Tie-Fighter squadron. The following skirmish above the stardestroyer allowed a second strike team including Prophet Halcyon Rokir Taldrya, Mystic Justinios Drake, Savant Arvalis Raith and Colonel Quejo to enter the Bastion unnoticed through maintenance shafts.
After dealing with initial resistance, the second strike team successfully made its way to the ships main-reactor where they placed Ion-grenades in strategical positions to deal the most non destructive damage to the Bastion.
When the second team reported its mission objective as success, a specialized exfiltration team was sent to the Bastions main hangar to pick up the second strike team and return it to the Paragon that had moved into an orbit above Orth to provide heavy direct-fire in case the mission turns out unsuccessful.
Neither happened and the two Taldryan strike teams returned save and sound to the Paragon with the Bastion's main reactor being disabled.
Chapter III: The Bastion – Results and Canonfication
- Caelus Chronicles Chapter 3 - The Bastion: Storming the Bastion (Multi-Objective Prompt Co-Op Fiction)
1st Place: Halcyon Rokir Taldrya and Justinios Drake
2nd Place: Arvalis Raith and Quejo
3rd Place: Andrelious Mimosa-Inahj and Kookimarissia Mimosa-Inahj
1st Place: Arvalis Raith
2nd Place: Raistline Taldrya Majere
3rd Place: Justinios Drake
1st Place: Arvalis Raith
2nd Place Raistline Taldrya Majere
3rd Place Andrelious Mimosa-Inahj
1st Arvalis Raith
2nd Justinios Drake and Raistline Taldrya Majere
4th Andrelious Mimosa-Inahj and Halcyon Rokir Taldrya
7th Kookimarissia Mimosa-Inahj
Thank you for all your submissions you gave me quite a hard time grading the events of this chapter. As for the parts that will become canon, both the graphics submitted by Arvalis and Raistline will become official canon with Arvalis artwork being displayed on the underside of the Bastion should it ever get skyborn again and Raistline's work becoming the noseart for the Bastion's Tie-Fighter squadron.
As for the Co-Op fiction, each of the three teams submitted outstanding fictions and I would have loved to give all of them a 1 st Place but this was out of discussion. However to make up for this I contacted all of them and discussed the above mission report that gives all of them a canon appearance.
Chapter III: The Bastion – Aftermath
In return for our continued assistance in the local governments fight against the terrorist Vishes and his followers, Astor Ky'Lian has decided to grant the Clan control over a small sector on Chyron. while largely used for industrial purposes in the past, this sector includes a spaceport large enough to service capital starships and several construction sites to build us a new home as well as direct access to the other two sectors of the colonized parts of the ecunemopolis.
Happy June to you all from my office on Arx! I hope that all ye lighties, darkies and grayfolk have been enjoying yourselves since our last report. It has been a quiet month for the wiki, as is more or less standard for the summer, but the staff...
Happy June to you all from my office on Arx! I hope that all ye lighties, darkies and grayfolk have been enjoying yourselves since our last report. It has been a quiet month for the wiki, as is more or less standard for the summer, but the staff has not been idle. Projects have continued in the background, and I have watched the Clans and our staff slowly working toward a nicer, cleaner Wiki.
Given the summer season, this report might be considered a little shorter than I hope to make others, but I am still here to keep you all up to date on all things Wiki.
Wiki Policy Changes
Well, I am not going to talk so much about any policy changes this time. Rather, I wanted to hit on an old policy that has been missed a bit. This one is not so much of a big deal, exactly, but I prefer to operate with a good bit of transparency as I am acting to rectify this small issue. For you see, one of the things that I have been noticing is that a fair number of our members have names that differ from their dossier account. I will cite the wording of the Wiki’s Code of Conduct:
As such, I will be changing outdated Wiki Account names to coincide with their dossier designations. This is a measure which makes it easier for me to easily track who is changing what on the Wiki as a whole. Given as how it should not affect the membership as a whole as end users, I wanted to at least make you all aware of possible changes to your Wiki account for, again, the sake of transparency.
Greater Ease of Navigation On the Wiki: Learning time for Wiki staff. There are options, but they are more involved than initially figured. This is on the backburner for now, but not forgotten.
Perpetual Wiki: Things have been going at a nice clip, with Wiki Staff making up some ground alongside the Clans.
Project Shift: Things will be moving to Arx. Give it time. We should have it done by August. PERPETUAL WIKI takes precedence.
Codex pages: Straightforward, it needs to be updated. Two weeks and i hope we can have this done. An ideal goal, but I feel certain it should be done in pretty short order.
Brotherhood Guidelines Category update: Pages that are rather bare and/or missing information in some cases. So it will be a general update of all things under this umbrella.
Wiki-Sponsored Summer Spectacular: COMING SOON. (should be some fun for everybody, I hope)
I do have a few other ideas, but they have to pass through the crucible of Mav before I can chat up about them in a report. Check back here in July where we can keep you updated on projects new and old!
Featured Articles and Wikipedian of he Month
This month’s Featured Article comes from Clan Odan-Urr. The House Satele Shan page is a pretty concise example of a balance between pictures and text or between detail and obscurity for an individual unit page. This page works very well as a cover page for the Clan without being needlessly wordy. It is a good source for those unfamiliar with the unit to familiarize themselves, and thus after some consideration it was chosen for this month’s Featured Article.
As for our Wikipedian of the Month, I would like to present our very own Wally. Even in this relatively quiet point in the Wiki, Wally continues to fine tune and adjust the Wiki pages associated with his office, particularly in refining our Fiction Center.
Wiki Tips of the Month
The tip for this month is pretty simple. When you edit your page, there is a preview button that is available when you go to edit your page. Looking through the Recent Changes logs, I have noticed a number of members make minor edits, making some 10 character to 30 character changes, in a string of 5 to 10 plus changes chained. Pages are patrolled by individual changes. So, if something goes awry, it helps us to help you set things to right if we have less logs to go through.
Otherwise, I want to remind folks that my box is always open. I have had more folks hitting me up in PM, asking for help, and I want to reiterate that either myself or my team are willing to help with questions/concerns/inquiries or whatever if you should feel the need. Another quick resource you can access is the Wiki Tutorial. Even I have to use it sometimes when something is on the tip of my tongue, or if I am switching between Markdown and Wiki Markup and find myself stuck on how to do an external link on the wiki, for example.
Remember: the Wiki is a collaborative project. We all contribute to it. The Wiki team helps to ensure that things are kept orderly, but the Wiki belongs to everyone. It is a chance for everyone to help build and grow the corner of a galaxy far, far away that we inhabit. Even if you are just creating a page for your character or an NPC, you are helping to further outline and define that world. Don’t have fear to add to the Wiki. If there is something amiss, we might revert the change and get a chance to talk to you about the change but that should not dissuade you from contributing!
And do not forget:
In the meantime I remain as ever, Yours In Darkness,
Hello If you missed Drac’s Fist Report, make sure you give it a read. For he mentioned important information you should know. I would like to thank Drac for this opportunity. I recently served as Magistrate and now am proud to serve as Praetor....
If you missed Drac’s Fist Report, make sure you give it a read. For he mentioned important information you should know.
I would like to thank Drac for this opportunity. I recently served as Magistrate and now am proud to serve as Praetor. Donny and Edgar, it was a pleasure working with you both. Thank you for all of your guidance. I look forward to working with you again in the future.
A little about myself, I joined the DJB just over 3 years ago. Gaming is what attracted me into the DJB in which resulted in many friendships. I am by far not the best at gaming but have fun and enjoy gaming with others. For supported games I enjoy Overwatch the most (Once I get my new graphics you shall see). Every once and awhile I’ll play some HoTS or Battlefront. Non supported games I enjoy Borderlands, along with Horizon Zero Dawn and the Tomb Raider games just to name a few. Enough of myself for now on to the good stuff!
Gaming News and Updates
At the end of May Overwatch had it’s two year anniversary event! Making past and new items available to collect and a rotation of past events within the arcade. A new map was added for FFA: Deathmatch named Petra. Also you can now play FFA: Deathmatch in competitive mode! For more information check out the latest patch notes. Also, with the help of the free weekend to play. Overwatch became the number one platform for activity for the month of May!
Heroes of the Storm came to a very close second in activity for May! A new event had started on May 22nd ending on June 11th, Nexomania! Thru questlines you could earn new rewards within the game. Starting June 12th-July 9th will be a new event! It is called Echoes of Alterac! Where the Horde and alliance battle on the new map Alterac Pass. Check out the latest patch notes for more information.
Season 13 came to a close within Diablo 3. Congrats to the winners Rulvak, Valhavoc and Gavriel. Season 14 will be staring up on June 15th: The Season of Greed. During the season treasure goblins will be doubled, which means twice the loot!
Destiny 2’s Year 2 expansion will be arriving this fall. Check out the latest news on Bungie.
Important Force Arena update
Due to the announcement of the age regulation that has come into affect. The guild within Force Arena is monitored by the fist office, in this case the regulation will apply there as well. With that said all members within the guild or applying moving forward must have their force arena ID added to their dossier. Those that are in the guild already. Please double check that your dossier is updated, or you will be exiled from the guild.
FIST Gaming Competitions
GMRG June Gorefest - 16th-17th, Earn DOUBLE CLUSTERS!
FIST Diablo 3 - Season 14 - New season starts 15th of June!
Brotherhood Gaming League - Check out the tournament!
Member Created Competitions
Would you like to see a certain type of gaming competition? Feel free to create one, any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact a member of the FIST staff.
- Dozens of Games II - Coming Very Soon! Series of flash games every week! Check them out.
Game Deals and Sales Links
Humble Bumble - Weekly and Monthly deals.
Steam - Very popular with members, and has sales.
Good Old Games - Older Games for decent prices.
Weekly and Saturday Pendant of Blood Awardees
Congratulations to the following:
20 - 25 May 18: No matches Played.
27 May - 1 June 18: Jafits
3 - 8 June 18: Matches forwarded to following week. Not enough participation.
26 May 18: Raiju
2 June 18: No Matches Played.
Supported Games - List and information on games supported by the brotherhood.
Rites of Combat - Rules to follow when gaming.
Fist-O-Matic - Report PvP matches against other DJB members.
Pendant of Blood - How to obtain 6 medals within the different gaming platforms.
Cluster Values - List of the gaming platforms to view cluster values and modifiers.
Discord - DJB voice server for gaming.
Contact the FIST Staff
Any questions or concerns please reach out to us. We are here to help.
Can find us within the DB Gaming group in Telegram listed above.
[Log in to view e-mail addresses] - Email proposals or questions/concerns anytime.
That concludes my first report as Praetor! Thank you all, and look forward to serving all of you gamers!
Praetor to the Fist
My fellow members of the Brotherhood and Clan Odan-Urr in particular, It is my distinct honor to announce the addition of Alethia Archensova aka Arch and Ruana Suoh aka Jack to the Councillors of Urr. Arch has served in clan summit positions...
My fellow members of the Brotherhood and Clan Odan-Urr in particular,
Arch has served in clan summit positions continuously since February of 2016 serving as Shan Aedile, Quaestor, Clan Proconsul and currently as our Consul. He’s made his mark DB-wide serving two years as an ACC judge and a year term as an appeals panelist for the COJ. During his summit time Arch took the lead on designing our possessions military, drafted an ACC guide for COU members and worked tirelessly during the GJW coaching and encouraging members during the ACC prelim event. In the time I’ve known Arch he’s been a steadfast leader, source of wise counsel and a pillar of the COU community.
Jack, the man with many character names, has a long history in COU having served at various times as Aedile of House Odan-Urr, Aedile of Hoth and Battleteam Leader of the Knights of Allusis. His biggest contribution to the Clan however, has been the direct impact he has had over the years providing one on one mentorship to a parade of members which includes myself. His last promotion rec contains just a sampling of the testimonials you’ll find if you wander around COU and ask about him. There are few prominent clan members he hasn’t mentored in some way. I’ve often said leadership is about more than position and Jack embodies that. He invests great deals of time into other members, not because it’s his job or because it’s going to get him the spotlight, he does it because under that grumpy exterior he really does care about the members.
I’m honored to announce this small recognition of the service and leadership both these members have given to clan. I also know this is not the end for their service and look forward to working with them for years to come. Congrats gents, we’ve saved you rocking chairs on the porch.
Councillor of Urr
In addition to the above, I want to just say thank you to both Arch and Jack for everything they’ve done for Odan-Urr and the DB over the years. Some of my first experiences in the Clan were via these two individuals and I’m still alive to tell the tale. But seriously, great work to both of you. This Clan wouldn't be the same without you. :)
Sushi is on you!
Greetings to all Odanites, our allies, and our enemies. Let me start by providing two critical items that I promised in my last report: my opinion on Solo and a picture of my bird. Solo was fun and I liked it but it wasn’t life altering or...
Greetings to all Odanites, our allies, and our enemies.
Let me start by providing two critical items that I promised in my last report: my opinion on Solo and a picture of my bird.
Solo was fun and I liked it but it wasn’t life altering or anything. I enjoyed it but it’s probably the first one since maybe Attack of the Clones that I won’t see multiple times in the theater.
And this is my bird:
This month we’re moving forward into some overdue lore developments, namely the release of two new platforms. Well, the first isn’t exactly new. Palioxis Station first appeared way back when we introduced the Kiast system. Kiast itself is in the depths of the Palioxis nebula, where a bunch of astrogational hazards make getting into and out of the system itself a massive pain. The way the Vatali interact with the world is through Palioxis Station, which is a platform just outside the nebula, along the Perlemian trade route. For the vast majority of the galaxy, if they’ve ever interacted with the Vatali, it was through this platform or one of its predecessors.
The second one is brand new. As mentioned, it’s no small feat moving one warship through the debris fields and into Kiast, and even more of a headache to move our entire fleet through. It makes quick response to the Collective or the Sith a bear, and it’s not exactly subtle having them go through a major trading port before launching raids. Additionally, having our fleet loitering around in Vatali space is making certain parties very nervous. Enter Pharos, the Odanite Expeditionary Force’s dedicate staging point in deep space at the edge of the Palioxis cloud.
“Man, Arch, those wiki pages are kinda sparse.”
Well then do something about it! I would love for both of these facilities to have articles like what we have for Sky Breach base, complete with a variety of cool NPCs and nooks and cranies for members to explore in the years to come. To that end, we’re running two art competitions and two for lore development. Much like Wally’s Collective Chronicles competitions, your entries to these comps will directly impact COU’s lore moving forward. Also there’s a puzzle, because schuttas love puzzles.
Where Are We Now? — For the best in recent Odanite news, see Talis’ AED report for Satele Shan and Celevon’s QUA report for Hoth. Additionally, there have been some minor tweaks to the COU chat policy, mostly to bring the language in line with the current version of the Covenant.
Everyone Says 'Hi' — Welcome back to returning members Tebbo Jensen, Lu`aisha Gresee, Tyraal Bitshiver, and Zeon Blacktooth! Welcome to new transfers Saba Astor Tarentae (formerly known as Farrin Xies) and Constantine! And last but certainly not least, welcome to new joins Knightfall98, Dia Zoler, John Villa, Z'non Corvac, Balong, Ardyn, Father, Zakal, Imperius Rex, Gordonpaul, Halehound, Kwalak, leon, Rex'zar, gray raven, Thorn, Bagheera91, Warmonger, and Syrano!
Fame — Congratulations to Ozosi, who was promoted to EQ1 with recommendations from the clan, the Herald, and the Shadow Academy. Additionally, congrats to Ozosi, Maximus, Turel, Aura, and Mauro for being recognized with Seals of Loyalty on May 4th!
Repetition — The Holocron is still there and still hungry for content. Feed it your fiction, your graphics, and whatever else you want to share. The major change since last month is that the member art directory was removed; “Member Fiction” was renamed to “Member Folders” and all the art was moved over to the users’ respective folder. If you can’t find a folder with your name on it, hit me up and I’ll take care of it.
Nero wanted different birds, so here you go. Or maybe it’s my bird again. You can’t tell, can you? Racist.
Meanwhile, at the Legion of Doom
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) — After countless hours of hard work by Vyr, the Herald staff, and others across the DC and their offices, the Shadow Syndicate is real. There are two takeaways from this. First, there’s a cool new society to reward members for participating in the DB art community. That’s something that really blossomed over the last few years and I’m thrilled that Odanites—including Esca, Moro, Osozi, Maximus, and of course the Tree himself—have contributed so much to its growth. Second, the DB universe just got a little bigger as we’re seeing an organized, club-wide criminal element for members to play with in their own stories.
Fashion — On the subject of art, Slags and the Herald staff have launched a Soloriffic batch of dossier bling for your enjoyment and edification. For those of you who like to run competitions, be sure to check this report for some more detail on the new options for graphics comps.
Heroes — There have been multiple appointments over the past month. The king of all codgers, our very own Seraphol, is now our new Headmaster. The Fist staff rotation saw Junazee take over as P:Fist (see that report for a shoutout to her predecessor Edgar’s accomplishments) and Justinios and Ayden
Hallo Spaceboy — As mentioned elsewhere, Farrin walked out of the Shadow Academy and into our arms. See his last report for more information, and don’t forget to check out his last work: How to Not Get CoJ’d.
Let's Dance — See Atra’s latest report for a new transparency mechanism in ACC judgments, and be sure to wish Tisto Kingang, Tyraal Bitshiver, Ka Tarvitz, Kah Manet, and coach Luna Okami's Team Red Panda luck in their Coach's Corner event matches!
Turel asks: What's next for the Kiast system? We've had some house events shake things up but is there anything coming in the near future for developments at home you can share?
First I should probably recap who the Vatali are and why we care. Way way back before the Disciples of Odan-Urr or the modern Brotherhood existed, the Sephi somehow discovered the Kiast system and colonized it, even allowing non-Sephi to migrate in and help extract the copious resources. After several centuries, King Vatal realized that, given what a massive pain Kiast would be to invade, he could probably get away with declaring independence from the larger Sephi empire, keep the system’s goodies all to himself, and rule with an iron fist. That worked out pretty well for him, but less well for his successor, as all of those non-Sephi (the Quorahi) rebelled from borderline slavery and overthrew her.
Her successor, Emperor Taselm, took the lesson to heart and managed to avoid any future issues. The Quorahi, the powerful Sephi noble houses, and the imperial administration managed to get along just fine until Taselm up and died, leaving three surviving heirs. Eldest son Essadan took over for all of ten minutes before his little brother, Vauzem, offed him in a coup backed by several of the Sephi houses. Vauzem was not about all that Quorahi rights crap and wanted to reinstate the old governing system of ‘Frack you, I’m the Emperor.’ A bloody civil war erupted, but ended as the Quorahi and the more republican-minded nobles killed him and put his little sister on the throne. Empress Kaltani got about forty good years of peace and prosperity before the fault lines started to show.
Two years ago, then-High Councilor A’lora Kituri managed to negotiate temporary asylum in the Kiast system for everyone who made it off New Tython; in exchange, Odanite forces launched a quick raid to clear Kiast from the First Order’s navigational charts. We then proceeded to bumble into Vatali politics long enough to get the Conclave, which holds the real power in the Empire, to grant us permanent residency across Kiast, Daleem, and Solyiat. With the last civil war decades behind them, and feeling nice and insulated from external threats, the various factions in the system promptly turned on each other. Powerful guilds maintain a stranglehold on Daleem and have been building up their own private armies, Vauzem’s supporters were never completely purged, and the Odanites brought their own trouble into the system.
Although the Council of Urr has tried to stay out of Vatali politics, they’re about as good at it as they are at staying out of wars. JTF Shan leapt into guild politics almost immediately, and more recently helped forcibly nationalize the massive Shipsmiths’ Guild. JTF Hoth managed to keep to themselves until Solyiat’s governor launched an open rebellion with Collective support a few months back.
So what’s next? Well, let’s take a look around:
The Collective wants to kill us, and they managed to slip at least one company into the system before Hoth killed them all.
Speaking of which, Pius Kopchak’s failed rebellion left a pretty big power vaccuum on Solyiat.
Meanwhile, on Daleem, the already-powerful guilds are racing to secure their positions after Shan crushed the Shipsmiths.
Marick called the Inquisitorius off our backs to deal with the Collective, but certain people still believe they can move up in the world by climbing on top of the corpses of dead Jedi.
There have been rumors circling the Conclave for years that Vauzem’s supporters still have weapons and supplies cached all over the system.
So yeah, probably nothing to worry about.
We'll see all this play out over the summer. Mauro's already written most of the introductory fiction for a short Shan event later this month, Blade and I will be do a clan update in the coming weeks, and then sometime in July we'll see another fiction to kick off a big clan event.
In Conclusion, Carthage Must Be Destroyed
Constantine asks: Now that the Clan has won the GJW last year, what are the plans for next years Win?
I’m probably not going to be the Consul on the hook for GJW XIII in 2019, but I suspect it’ll be more of what we did last time. To be honest, a lot of our success in GJW XII came from having a large and highly active member base going into the event, but the summit did do several things that I think directly contributed to our success. We set up a war room for proofing, teambuilding, and such and tried to keep it a positive and hyped up atmosphere. We plugged comps. Probably most importantly, we were all very visible and active and committed to leading from the front. I would expect to see all of that happen again in GJW XIII. But, like I said, the member base was key and it’s going to be on me and the rest of the summit to keep COU active and healthy until then.
Tune in next month for:
Teasers for the summer clan event in July!
Some pretty pictures of XQ2 platforms!
Now... DIVE, HAWKMEN! DIIIIIIIVE!
Who wants to live forever?
High Councillor, Odan-Urr
Introduction Hello all you Dark Siders, Light Siders, and every shade of Grey between! For those who have not had the unfortunate pleasure of dealing with me, I am the hapless fool who convinced Mav and Vyr that I was the best man for the job of...
Hello all you Dark Siders, Light Siders, and every shade of Grey between! For those who have not had the unfortunate pleasure of dealing with me, I am the hapless fool who convinced Mav and Vyr that I was the best man for the job of Headmaster. I have been a part of the DJB since roughly 2000, and have been in a variety of House and Shadow Academy related positions. Most recently I was part of COU, and pestered Farrin relentlessly as his Praetor.
While this is my first report, you can see the little 0.5 off to the side. This isn't going to be a full report, but one to get a few tantalizing details out to everyone and a hiring posting.
I need help!
Beyond the obvious, I really do need help in the form of a Praetor. The ideal person for the position is someone with:
- Leadership experience as you will be tasked with overseeing the work of Magistrates as well as the Professors.
- Project management experience. There are some fairly big projects on the horizon, and I will need help in keeping things on track from time to time.
- Quick email and Telegram turnaround time.
- Ability to think for independently. I do not want or need a yes-person.
- Solid command of the English Language as you will help assist PROF’s from time to time with course audits.
- Not currently positioned higher than QUA. I need you to focus on the Academy.
I will gladly accept real life experience over DJB experience if needed, so do not sweat it if you are relatively new to the club. I also do not have a minimum rank requirement, however, you need to think very hard about your RL experience and express how you've done what you've done in writing to me. On rank, I am really looking for someone who is EQ4 or less. I apologize to those who are Elders, but I am really keen on grooming new leaders for the DJB and this is one of the better ways.
In your application I also want to get your ideas and issues on the current state of the Shadow Academy, as well as possible fictional direction. I'm not saying it will be used, but it gives me an idea on how well you can think independently and offer advice.
Send applications to me no later than site reset on Friday June 15th in pdf format, no other formats or gdoc links will be accepted.
It's because of all the dust in here
For quite some time now the Shadow Academy has had an odd relationship with the membership. Fictionally some people think that we shuttle new people to the clans, but that honestly makes no sense with Clans like COU or Taldryan who have light siders. We are also viewed as something like a sci-fi Library of Alexandria, full of old tomes and holocrons. While we still want to maintain the idea of a library, the idea is for some of us old, dusty bookworms to get out enjoy some sunlight on various worlds and drag some members with us…...
I do want to thank the DC for giving me this chance, as well as those who have helped me get to this esteemed office. I also want to apologize for the lack of contact from those who have reached out. I had some family issues arise that could not be avoided. I'll wrap this all up with the words of that Farrin guy.
The Shadow Academy is an amazing resource, created and administered 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 -
Headmaster of the Shadow Academy