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Introduction Hello! I'm Howie, your new-old-new Master at Arms! This won't be a full on report yet, more of an introduction, some shout-outs, and some reminders about things! * First of all, I'd like to thank my predecessor...

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Introduction

Hello! I'm Howie, your new-old-new Master at Arms! This won't be a full on report yet, more of an introduction, some shout-outs, and some reminders about things!

  • First of all, I'd like to thank my predecessor Aabsdu/Zanet/Zanax for his service to the position of Master at Arms, and wish him well in his retirement/medium time for naps in Plagueis! Also, thanks for the double ED. Insert inside joke here.

  • Second, I'd like to thank Mav and Sarin for giving me a shot/putting up with my ranting

  • Third, I'd like to say to all of you, my door/cave is always open. Send me an email, drop a comment on a report, harass me on telegram, I don't care - just harass me!

I think everyone in the DB knows me? As Sarin said, I was on the Dark Council in the 90s and early 2000s (god dammit, Yacks), and I've been a member of this club on and off and on again for almost two decades. If you have questions that are burning, that's what discourse comments are for!

Howie as Master at Arms

Overall? Things tomorrow will remain virtually unchanged from how things were yesterday. I have no intention of blowing up anything and everything, and especially not in my first week. Here are some specifics about what I'm planning on doing over the next week, and other things you probably need or want to know:

  • Teylas has agreed to stay on as Magistrate, and he's welcome to stay as long as he likes.

  • I won't be filling the Praetor spot at this point, that's something for the coming weeks and month(s) ahead.

  • I'm going to going through the Wiki and updating the appropriate pages that need love (or in some cases, need to be lit on fire and deleted because they're obsolete).

  • Teylas and I are still reachable through the MAA Staff Google Group - and I'd appreciate it if you could send your emailed requests to that address (maa-staff at googlegroups.com) - that way both of us see it, and we can process your request faster!

  • I am running a puzzle competition. Click the puzzle!. It runs for about a week!

  • There's a new competition archetype, for graphics/art in the Brotherhood! The Graphics archetype is specifically competitions that award the Cluster of Graphite.

  • Multimedia/graphics related competitions that won't be awarding clusters (like all other competitions - and like Arcia said) should be submitted as a Regular archetype.

Fixing Competitions - New Policy/Procedure

On occasion, people mess up competitions, we've all done it (yes, even me!). We miss a participant, we swap placements. It happens and it is not a big deal. Fixing those competitions is not a big deal either, but with the launch of possessions, there is an added wrinkle - credits for individuals and units need to be adjusted. This is really just more of a formalization of what we in the Master at Arms office have been doing for at least a year with the addition of possessions/Regent people, but here's how I think it should go:

  1. A member notices that there's an error in the competition they ran. Send Teylas and I an email letting us know what needs to be done. Additionally, if you could CC Evant and Halcyon (the Regent and Regent's Praetor, respectively) so they know they need to adjust credit values, that'd be appreciated.

  2. Teylas and I will acknowledge your email and get everything ready (preparing to delete medals, reopening competitions, etc. - it depends on the situation).

  3. If the placements have to be changed, we will reply and ask you to send an email to all the participants, so that they know what's coming.

  4. Once that has been done, one of us will reopen the competition/delete all the placement medals, and reply back to the requester letting them know they can proceed.

  5. Finally, the competition organizer can change the placements/change participants and then close the competition.

I'll be documenting that on the MAA Policies Wiki page if that works for everyone.

Closing

Expect a more formal report with more news in the next few days - but I just wanted to reiterate, if you have questions, comments, or otherwise want to scream at me? That's what I'm here for!

PS: Do all the things.

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Announcement - Hoth’s New Aedile and Battleteam Leader

My first couple weeks have not been quiet that is for sure, with the search for a new Aedile and setting up the House for what i hope to be a very productive year. Our Knight Commander Chris Winchester had to step down as KoA’s BTL due to personal reasons.

Thankfully he decided to stay in the house and I understood his reasons for stepping down so i wish him all the best and I truly am happy you are sticking around. So due to this unforeseen event, not only did I have to find someone to fill the Aedile spot but now also the KoA Battleteam leader position as well.

So after looking over the applications we received for Aedile, we were able to fill both spots at the same time. So it’s my great pleasure to be able to re-introduce you to your new Aedile and Knight Commander:

Hoth's New Aedile

Up first is Corsair Yuki Suoh also known as Jack, Miho, Zoso, Mana and so on. As you know Yuki has been around for quite a long time and has held many positions of his 17 years in the club. He is solid leader, organizer, writer and a perfect fit to help me take Hoth to the next level within the Clan. He is a constant voice within telegram and he will be a key piece to help me finalize the fictional foundation for not only the House but for KoA as well.

The New Knight Commander of KoA.

Speaking of the Knights of Allusis I’m please to announce that Darro Zhen has accepted the role of the next Knight Commander. He like jack has had many, many names during his 2 year DJB career, but the one thing that remained the same is his work ethic, his spirit and his drive to not only improve himself but he always shows up to support his Clan, House and more importantly the Knights. Darro has been a rock in KoA for a long time and now with his help I hope to make the Knights one of the best battleteams in the DJB.

Congratulations gentlemen! I wish you the best of luck and I look forward to working with both of you for quite a long time! Now let’s get to work!

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May your Glorious deeds please Bahamut and keep Tiamat’s greed in balance.

Seer Edgar Drachen, Quaestor of House Hoth & Praetor to the Fist

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Greetings Dark Brotherhood, The Deputy Grand Master and I are proud to announce the ascension of Dark Prophet Howlader from the position of Praetor to the Master at Arms to the position of Master at Arms. We have forgone our typical application...

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Greetings Dark Brotherhood,

The Deputy Grand Master and I are proud to announce the ascension of Dark Prophet Howlader from the position of Praetor to the Master at Arms to the position of Master at Arms. We have forgone our typical application process due to are confidence and trust that Howlader is more than capable to execute the duties of his new office. Please take the time to congratulate Howie on his elevation back to the Dark Council (he was the Chancellor in 1999...before some of our members were born). Please also take the time to respond on Aabs farewell message below to thank him for his steadfast and consistent work over the past few years.

Grand Master Pravus

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Greetings, artists and those who enjoy art! Graphics Archetype Today our awesome Seneschal deployed a new Graphics Competition Archetype. It works in a similar way to the Fiction Archetype already in use: when you submit a new Graphics...

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Greetings, artists and those who enjoy art!

Graphics Archetype

Today our awesome Seneschal deployed a new Graphics Competition Archetype. It works in a similar way to the Fiction Archetype already in use: when you submit a new Graphics competition, you will be able to request a competition that awards Clusters of Graphite Automagically™ upon completion.

There are no major changes to the competition request layout but one, and we feel it is important to note this section:

The Difficulty Class will do literally what it means: it will determine the difficulty scale of the graphics competition. How this will be handled and what it will mean will become important in the future, but for now it remains a disabled feature. That said, it will not impact your competition/s in any way at this time so you may leave that on the default setting.

As stated in the Herald Competition Approval Guidelines, the competitions will be approved by the Herald staff and all Clusters will be automatically awarded upon closure. No need for e-mails or complicated approval processes.

Wiki changes

With this new change rolling in, two wiki pages have seen changes: Herald Competition Approval Guidelines and Cluster of Graphite.

The approval guidelines have been altered to be in line with the automated system, and a new section has been added to the Cluster of Graphite page called Additional Activities (that grant Clusters of Graphite). Please take a moment once again to read the wiki pages and understand your rights.

Please have a look at Herald Policies as well.

If you have any questions, please send them to the Herald staff mail, [Log in to view e-mail addresses], directly to the Herald or me, or find us on Telegram.

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Hello everyone. Just a short announcement of what the SA staff is actually up to, and why sitting faculty should start getting nervous (it’s because of me!). Riku Keibatsu has finished his term as Magistrate, completing the 180 days of his term....

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Hello everyone. Just a short announcement of what the SA staff is actually up to, and why sitting faculty should start getting nervous (it’s because of me!).

Riku Keibatsu has finished his term as Magistrate, completing the 180 days of his term. During this time he’s been extremely helpful to us, as without his efforts the Audit would probably still not be done. So everyone give three cheers to Riku. Thank you for all you’ve done man!

Normally this would be where I announce that Farrin wants a new minion, I mean staff member. However last time we ran applications we had a very, very, good application come in from a familiar source. It wasn’t as good as Celevon’s, who is already proving himself as our other Magistrate, but it was definitely good enough to make us consider him up front this time. We do not believe that we’ll receive an application that could top his this time, so for the next six months we would like to welcome Mateus Kelborn back into the warm embrace of the SA’s slavemaster (again, me!).

Finally, a little progress report on how we are doing. With the audit closed off and locked away for at least another year (yay!), we can now focus on Farrin’s pet project: The Prerequisites and Reorganization. I’m calling this one PR for short. We need all the PR we’re gonna get! No doubt that Farrin will detail more of this in his own report, but suffice to say that we’ve started the preliminary work needed to complete the PR. We’re aiming for the end of Q1 to have this done, which should revamp most of how the SA looks and changes a few ways in which it functions too.

That’s all for now, remember to thank Riku for all his hard work, and say welcome back to Mirus/Mateus.

As always, do the thing Farrin wants you to do when you find mistakes: Tell him! (Not me, him. No no, get that away from me! AAARGH!)

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As is expected after a major ACC event followed by a major club-wide event and then coupled with the unlimited, cosmic powers of the holiday season... the Antei Combat Center is quiet right now. One might say "too quiet". Or one might...

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As is expected after a major ACC event followed by a major club-wide event and then coupled with the unlimited, cosmic powers of the holiday season... the Antei Combat Center is quiet right now. One might say "too quiet". Or one might not. Really, who am I to dictate what someone may or may not do. I'm just a simple man with a simple job.

I have been informed by my people that "simple" doesn't mean what I'm attempting to pass it off as. This is unfortunate. However, I do have a relatively short and sweet update to bring you all in my report this month! Without endeavoring to bore you all into submission, I will be touching upon two updates in the ACC that have been either under way or ready for implementation. By the time you are done reading this, that implementation will be complete for that one thing!

Also, we will take a brief moment to go over some of the feedback from the 'Guests' of the Matron event.

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Matron Feedback

Alright! The boring stuff gets to be dealt with upfront. I don't like tedium all that much, so I expect I'm not alone in that. Only 10 respondents provided their feedback, but hey... deal with what you got. First off, let's see how we did on that 5-star scale for the enjoyment of the event. Interestingly enough, it went over pretty well. We got a whole 4.1 stars out of 5 in there, with 4 members who loved it, 4 who liked it, and one thought it was just alright. That's cool. Opinions vary, but this was on the high end of the scale.

The 3/3 posting structure also got a fair bit of love with only one member who didn't like it, a couple in the middle, and 5 who loved it. Unfortunately, the judges didn't love it. The judgments took quite a bit longer than they would for a typical match, which is to be expected, but near the end of the event, we were definitely getting hit with burnout. It was a nice experiment, but I'm unsure we will be delving into it again for events any time soon.

I won't be delving deeply into the other portions of feedback, as that's more important for me and my staff than you viewers at home, but there is one thing I want to touch on. On the whole, the scoring system didn't go over well. In particular, timeouts were the topic of the day. In fact, timeouts are always the topic. To put it bluntly, members don't seem to much care for other people disappearing on them. They feel punished because they can't participate fully in the event and it becomes a game of Russian Roulette to see if you get a full match or another miss.

Frankly, we don't have the perfect solution. If we did, this wouldn't still be a point of contention. We are caught between the pendulum swing of punishing the members worse or rewarding the other member more. Finding that sweet spot is difficult. Even when given the chance to provide suggestions on how to address this, the feedback was often constrained to "this is an issue, and I understand I don't know how to fix it either."

So... know that we are listening and will be taking everything to heart for the coming events! Whenever they may be!

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Hall Update

I have a funny feeling this is going to make some people happy. I dunno, just a tingly sensation. Before this starts... no, the Scenario Hall isn't open yet. There are logistics in the background that need to be resolved when we have a chance. Once that's been handled we will be good to go... so very good to go.

The staff has discussed this proposal and given it their blessing, then the Voice did so as well. So, without stalling, here are the notable reworks of the halls and their descriptions. The other ones are just wording updates that don't actually affect your experience as a user.

Training Hall

Say goodbye to this hall. It wasn't ever really used to begin with. That would be to there never being a clear explanation on how to use it. Allow me to explain... when investigating we discovered some fun in the code. Put simply, no one qualified for the ACC could select this hall when making a challenge. Why? Because it was only an option for unqualified members. Well, that's strange... and now it is gone! Bye-bye, Training Hall. We hardly knew you.

Cooperative Hall

Do you hear that? I hear it. It's the angelic chords of answered prayers. Well, not really prayers. More like grievances. Loud ones. Angry sometimes. Regardless, here it is! This newly added hall is the place to go for members that want to engage in 2-vs-Other (PvO) cooperative encounters! That's right. These ain't your regular duels. You work together against a common enemy. You've asked, we've listened, and here it is. Just like with the Duelist Hall, it falls on the first post to establish the scene. Hope you all enjoy it, but know that these matches will not be available in ranked format.

Scenario Hall

So, this is still a thing. You may be wondering why it isn't open yet, or why I have to deal with back-end issues. To put it plainly, this is the place for members who are looking for a dictated experience. The venues and options available in this hall will include scenarios that establish the setting and the threat for the members. These could end up with many different styles of matches, depending on the scenario selected. Right now there is no separation between regular venues and scenario venues in the system. That is what needs to be resolved before we can proceed on this. I hope that makes sense in why it is taking so long.

Funderdome

More or less, we just clarified the wording on this one so as not to be mistaken. These are still duels between characters. They may be odd duels, very odd duels, but they are still just that: 1v1 encounters. Hopefully, this will be very clear for everyone going forward.

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Creative Writing Workshop Update

This probably has me more excited than anything else I have worked on in my tenure as Combat Master. You know what, let's revisit that phrase. This is the most exciting thing I've worked on since joining this club. It is the culmination of an idea I have had and attempted to get off the ground for so long that I never thought I actually would.

That is until I got a volunteer slave force all my own! The ACC Judge staff has been great in so many ways. They not only discuss all the nuances of our various judgments, but also fight for the best experience our members can have. Even as I wait patiently for the day that Turel finally doesn't bring his soap box to the meetings, I am grateful for their input.

So, before I wax poetic up in here, I'll give a brief breakdown of where we're at: Syllabus Breakdown. This stage is pretty straightforward. We have compiled a list of exactly what will be covered at each stage in the process, where the assignments will fall, what those assignments could be, and roughly how long the process will take. As it stands right now, the entire workshop would span the course of about 4 and a half months.

Understandably, that is quite the time investment. It's worth it, though. Let's look beyond the simple fact that the members in charge of these workshops will be investing that much of their time doing their utmost to help you all not only learn, but improve. What sort of time value would you put on the experience? Keep in mind that these groupings would be roughly 5 members in size at any one time. You'll all be growing together, discussing the topics actively and reviewing the assignments. At the same time, you could opt to not discuss those topics in the group itself but take it aside with the instructor for some one-on-one feedback. At the end of the day, you are sharing the time of this individual with others. Even as a small group, in order to do you all justice, the time is necessary. In fact, as we go through content reviews, this range may increase. The current projection is the bare minimum.

I know from talking to many of you that this is an exciting prospect, and I hope to truly reward that excitement with an experience that deserves it. That's all I'm really looking for in the end.

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Remember, any questions on ACC mechanics, the CSs, or features, email [Log in to view e-mail addresses]. We do check this email, and often. Best way to get a proper response with all the staff on the same page.

Thanks for reading,

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Introductions ”See, I never thought I’d live past twenty Where I come from some get half as many Ask anybody why we livin’ fast and we laugh, reach for a flask We have to make this moment last, that’s plenty” Welcome to the first Arcona Proconsul...

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Introductions

”See, I never thought I’d live past twenty

Where I come from some get half as many

Ask anybody why we livin’ fast and we laugh, reach for a flask

We have to make this moment last, that’s plenty”

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Welcome to the first Arcona Proconsul report of 2017. We have had a few restful weeks across the Holidays and beginning of the year. As the year progresses, we will get a taste of things picking up. A new episode of Sins of the Past is in the works with a promise of additional content and more destruction soon to happen. We have had a few changes in our Summit, and from the looks of it will have a few more coming up.

I would like to thank and congratulate a few people for their work and everything they have done for Arcona. Larrik (Ninj) Dul’Vak has spent the last two years serving in official and unofficial capacities within the Arconan summit, as Battleteam Leader in both Houses, Aedile, and an active role in training and development of others. Ninj, we thank you for everything you’ve done and wish you well as you continue to progress.

Rulvak Qurroc maintained one of the longest streaks as a Battleteam Leader and showed that the position you fulfill does not define your ability to contribute. He began as the Battleteam Sergeant of Nighthawk on March 2015, as a Jedi Hunter. He went on to earn his promotion to Battleteam Leader in October of the same year and eventually to earn his Equite I & II promotions for his dedication to House Galeres. He also earned a Sapphire Blade for his astounding level of activity. He will be the example by which the bar is set for some time to come. As of January 6th, he has resigned from his position and we cannot thank him enough for his dedication over 2 years in his role.

Kordath Bleu is no stranger to anyone, and if you have come up within the Club in the last year and a half, then you have either spoken to or worked closely with him in his role as Rollmaster of Arcona. It would take far longer than we have now and someone with more capability than I to explain all of his contributions to Arcona and her members. In short though, I would like to thank Kordath for all he has done and I am glad that he has chosen to stay within the Arcona Summit to fulfill his new role as Aedile.

To all three of you, Arcona would not be what it is today without your excellence in service and leadership.

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Proconsul Features

”Scratch that this is not a moment, it’s the movement

Where all the hungriest brothers with something to prove went?

Foes oppose us, we take an honest stand

We roll like Moses, claimin’ our promised land”

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With every report I have always thought we should feature a member's work within the club. With this in mind, I was offered the opportunity to feature one of our best writers’ work. Featured below is the winning entry for the Red Skies competition, where we see Wuntila Arconae accept responsibility for his actions and choose to once again leverage the power he holds to stand with his Clan rather than oppose the rule of his Shadow Lady.


“Your clan has not changed.” Timeros rose to his feet and clasped his hands behind his back. He began to pace. It was a telltale sign of his irritation, one of his only outward demonstrations of emotion. He brought himself to stand between the Dragon and Rayze, drawing Wuntila’s eyes up to his own. “If you remember correctly, it was not the Jedi but the Mandalorians who pinned Zandro and Sashar down in the Ooroo Abbey. Their own people. And it was you who ordered the orbital bombardment which subsequently killed them. The clan is the same as it once was, Wuntila. The di Tenebrous Arconae still protect the clan. That is, all except you.”

“My actions would have protected the clan had the Shadow Lady and the Scion not sided with the resistance.” Wuntila bit back.

"Timeros smiled. “And therein lies your undoing. You betray the wishes of your Shadow Lady. You fight with your Scion at any given opportunity—“

“—the man had me taken to Tarentum to answer for unfounded crimes, Caesus!”

“And I agree with his decision. As should you. He is your leader. You follow him and support him like the Arconae should. And if his decisions are deserving of question, you do so politely. It is time to move on, my old friend. You are no longer on trial. Do right by your clan. You have very few chances left at redemption…” Timeros’ unnervingly blue eyes narrowed, “… do not cast this one aside as you have the others.”*


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Sins Of the Past

”And? If we win our independence?

Zat a guarantee of freedom for our descendants?

Or will the blood we shed begin an endless cycle of vengeance and death with no defendants?”

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Sins of the Past continues to roll into its third episode. While delayed due to a number of circumstances, I promise you this delay is for the best. Something your Summit refuses to do is provide you a lower quality competition simply to push it off the production floor. Atyiru and Terran have leveraged others to join in and help bring you what is shaping up to be an incredible story in the upcoming episode of Sins III.

I would ask that you continue to be patient and prepare for the upcoming chance to make your mark as the Clan confronts its past.

For now, a note from Atty discussing Sins a bit:

Hey, guys! While we keep working on this next Episode, I thought I'd take a seat and chatter about the event a bit, especially since it's been awhile.

So, where to start? How about the beginning? Sins of the Past is named...pretty obviously. It's all about Arcona's sins coming back to haunt them. Thing is, kids, we all make mistakes. Mistakes - actions, indeed every action - have consequences. Too often that's not touched on in the DJB. We go to big lightning-flinging multiclan wars and go home again without any spoils or any fallout at all for, like, blowing up and disturbing multiple civilizations/planets while we were at it. We go home and don't feel the impact of losing half an army, of making bad decisions, of being greedy for power or wealth or all those other things Dark siders and DBers are greedy for. We blow in, tell a story, and have it contained in a little shiny bubble before we move on.

We wanted to break that bubble. And not with a little poke - with a freaking cannon.

Arcona is the Shadow Clan. Our history, my dears, is dark. We have used people. We have betrayed people. We have killed, and killed, and killed. We have made enemies and allies and we have fought and clawed and stolen every scrap we could until we stood on top. We have done right, but by and large we have done wrong, and that doesn't go away just because we're playing the baddies and the Dark siders and want to do dark things.

There is still a price. We're paying it now.

Episode I? Lorden was a shady businessman who we discarded after he'd outlasted his use and became an annoying fly asking for more. He came back at us for that and blew our industries to hell for ruining him and his wealth. Episode II? Teroch was a son of Arcona, a loyal soldier literally born and bred to bleed for this clan, but he watched his father die in our wars, by our own hand, and he watched that same man give everything for Arcona instead of for his children. That rage turned into a military attack on our people and wanton murder. And at the same time? The Purge, the Lotus, the New Order - where we side and step, there's another side, a counterstrike. We save undesirables, we lose our people. We fight with the Inquisitors, we lose our families. We side with the rebellion, we put the nail in our own coffin. These things, we've realistically seen the back and forth of. But so much, for so long, we haven't. And we want to rectify that.

Sins III is going to look at another of Arcona's Sins, and make use of our more criminal element. And it's not just Arcona that's going to hurt - it's everyone around her, everyone she touches. Because guess what? When you fire that first shot, you never know whose children are going to bleed, whose world will fall apart, who is going to fall and who is going to rise, who is going to die and who is going to live...and who is going to tell the story when all is said and done. When you fire that first shot, you start an entire chain of events you cannot possibly be prepared to face.

And Arconans? We've fired many shots. Some thrown away for nothing, some gaining us plenty, but most...who can say? The only certain thing is that now, and in the coming months, we're going to have to own up.

Be ready.

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State of our Clan

”I know the action in the street is excitin'

But Jesus, between all the bleedin’ ‘n fightin’

I’ve been readin’ ‘n writin’

We need to handle our financial situation

Are we a nation of states what’s the state of our nation?”

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Clan news:

Rollmaster Of Arcona Applications Open: (1/15 - 1/31) Applicants go here

If you didn’t catch Atyiru’s end of the year report See it here

Factions Update: With so many events occurring we wanted to get an updated idea of everyone's allegiances and thoughts to tie them to our various factions. Fill out this poll! and see the below chart for reference. Your summit will be asking you about your character's faction in the coming days.

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Name That Fleet

Atyiru and I are running a competition to NAME THAT FLEET! Arcona's new fleet is full of new ships that need names and it is up to you to leave your mark on the Clan here and now by submitting your suggestions.

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Ask the Proconsul

”I’m past patiently waitin' I’m passionately mashin’ every expectation

Every action’s an act of creation

I’m laughin' in the face of casualties and sorrow

For the first time, I’m thinkin’ past tomorrow

And I am not throwing away my shot!”

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Timeros: #AskthePCON What do you believe to be the most unique, interesting and innovative competition in the next episode of Sins of the Past?

While I am a huge fan of traditional competition options (fiction, graphics, poems, etc) I’m particularly excited for an old fashioned hunt to take place. I don’t want to spoil anything but I think there will be a good chance for a fun out of the box competition coming up.

Atyiru: #AskthePCON how's prison life under the citadel?

Atyiru, we studied and we fought and we killed

For the notion of a Clan we now get to build

For once in your life, I am glad to see you take a stand with pride.

Katicorn: #AsKtHePcOn Who would be better to deal with: Arconans or deranged children and is there any difference between them?

I have to admit I prefer Arconans despite their tendency towards rainbows, unicorns and black cloaks and brooding attitudes.

Rulvak: #AskThePCon How's the Titanfall 2 trial going?

I think it’s gone well, we seem to have roughly 12-14 members currently across the Brotherhood split between PS4, Xbox and PC. The majority seem to be PS4 users, but without a doubt we could build a healthy community of individuals for the game.

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Hello fellow Star Wars enthusiasts, It has been a while, and I take this occasion to announce this as my final Master at Arms report. After serving in this position for the past 29 months as a member of Muz and Sarin’s Dark Councils, the time has...

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Hello fellow Star Wars enthusiasts,

It has been a while, and I take this occasion to announce this as my final Master at Arms report. After serving in this position for the past 29 months as a member of Muz and Sarin’s Dark Councils, the time has come to usher in fresh blood. I am happy with where I leave the role and think the office in a better shape then before. This report will highlight a few pieces of recognition along with numbers.

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I’d Like to Thank the Academy

First, for their diligent service as Magistrates, I have awarded Kelly Mendes and Teylas Ramar Anteian Crosses each. I made the decision when appointed to bring on termed Magistrates, six months, and purposefully switch them out for less experienced members. I do not regret that decision. Everyone who has served on this staff has provided exceptional service and, I hope, learned a great deal about the inner workings of DJB mechanics.

Next, the big one, my Special Magistrate turned Praetor Howlader. Little need be said about his service to the Brotherhood as a whole yet alone my tenure as MAA. He has been here the entire way, providing a consistent, firm, sometimes grumpy, but always caring perspective to everything. His immense accomplishments as Praetor have been combined with his months of service to Clan Taldryan, courtesy of Mav, to create what I know to be his favorite type of recognition: an Emerald Dagger from an outgoing Master at Arms.

Thank you, Howie, for everything you have done and will undoubtedly do in the future.

I would be a failed MAA were it not for an amazing support staff, from Praetor Evant to Praetor Howie and Magistrates in between: Rial, Kordath, Teylas, Nero, and Kelly. Thank you.

State of the Union

I am happy with MAA operations in their current form. Things have been quite quiet recently because, I believe, we have successfully worked with leaders to clarify and standardize expectations. We have had less remands and denials in the last six months than my first six, and while there is still unease and work to be done, on the whole improvement has been made.

My biggest regret is a project I continue to feel strongly about: the potential for shifting the Brotherhood’s promotions to an experience based system. Regret, however, is a strong word as attention was knowingly put on the back burner while everyone focused on possessions (and oh the awesome results of that). I do not know what the future holds, but the idea of DB XP remains on the minds of many and I will ensure the next MAA has my notes.

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The Numbers Game [24 July 2014 to 10 January 2017]

The following numbers cover my entire run as Master at Arms, but as the query is PIN-based there may be overlap with actions taken by staff members in other roles (Evant as Voice, Teylas as CON, for example).

  • Medals Approved: 4786
  • Medals Rejected: 117
  • Promotions Approved: 622
  • Promotions Remanded: 26
  • Promotions Rejected: 32
  • Competitions Approved: 4106
  • Competitions Remanded: 523
  • Competitions Rejected: 21
  • Name Changes: 369
  • Unit/Path Changes: 744
  • Position Appointments: 363
  • Position Regisnations: 371
  • Title/Legacy Approved: 67

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I had a personal DB goal of serving as Master at Arms and am proud to have achieved that. I did not accomplish everything I wanted or promised to, but I consider the office I leave well ordered. Thank you, again, to my staff, to Muz, Sarin, Mav, and the Dark Council, to every unit leader for maintaining respect and understanding when being told no, and to every member for seeing this through.

Standby for GM/DGM news regarding next steps in the Master at Arms world.

Aabs out!

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Introduction Sorry this is so late. RL's been a bit hectic and I've been waiting for Len to quit doing stuff so we could stop upgrading his award some administrative stuff to get properly settled. Anyhoo, on we go. All the News That's...

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Introduction

Sorry this is so late. RL's been a bit hectic and I've been waiting for Len to quit doing stuff so we could stop upgrading his award some administrative stuff to get properly settled. Anyhoo, on we go.

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All the News That's Fit to Print

Too much news! I'm going to just make this a link storm:

In addition to all that (27 reports! Yeesh!), I'm happy to announce that January has already been a very good month for Satele Shan's Summit, both past and future:

These were among the first members to welcome me to COU and all of them have been incredibly helpful during my term as AED and QUA. They've also become my friends, and it's a rare and gloomy day where I don't talk to one of them. All four of these guys also worked to keep Shan thriving, whether in leadership, project work, or both. Please give them a congrats or a thanks if you haven't already.

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Competitions

As a reminder, if you're interested in running a competition or just have an idea you like to see, don't hesitate to bring it up to your summit. For example, Tamashi/Mord has several good ideas that we'll be bringing out for the House or Clan in the next few weeks.

Satele Shan

  • HSS 26 Weeks Jigsaw is back, so Mako and Sa can quit doing the junky shuffle waiting for their puzzle fix.
  • Who Are You? is the House fiction competition for January. If you haven't explored Daleem much in fiction, here's you chance. Runs through February 4.
  • Bird/Stone Ratio has you practice your sharpshooting. Runs now through January 22.
  • When You've Gotta Go presents you with a nefarious escape room. Runs January 20 through January 29.

Brotherhood-wide

  • Gamers, the Fist is kicking off the New Year right. Monthly Flash Games run all year and a full tilt Cluster race will be running quarterly. We've got some of the most prolific gamers in the Brotherhood in Odan-Urr, so I'd love to see us sweep this.
  • Ode to 2016, because if there was any year that would drive you to sulk in your room and write poetry…
  • The Dark Brotherhood Needs You, design a recruitment poster. Runs through February 12.

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Activity Report for December 2016

December saw a ton of activity despite everyone's hectic schedules. We also saw a steady stream of awards and promos that is continuing into January. Satele Shout Outs go to:

  • Korroth and I were awarded Seals of Loyalty by the Clan Summit along with Darro Zhen of Hoth. Additional, Turel was awarded one by Darth Pravus. I'm honored to be in such good company.
  • Maximus Alvinius and Ethan Martes joined the House and hit the ground running, with 17 competitions and 14 SA courses to their names, respectively.
  • Junazee was awarded a Grand Cross for activity, and Lithar Andaris was awarded one for a combination of activity and project work. GCs aren't easy to get, so give these guys a hand. Additionally, Juna came in second place overall during the Life Day Games.
  • Garza's Pathfinders had 100% participation in the Life Day Games! Full participation in any unit, even one that is young or small, is hard to come by. I hope this bodes well for 2017.

Junazee

  • Awarded a Grand Cross
  • Participated in 16 competitions
  • 1 Crescent with Diamond Star
  • 1 Crescent with Emerald Star
  • 263 Clusters of Fire

Len Iode

  • Participated in 13 competitions
  • 2 Crescents with Sapphire Star
  • 1 Crescent with Emerald Star
  • Cluster of Ice
  • 64 Clusters of Fire
  • 18 Clusters of Earth
  • Passed Inquisitorius History and Consular Legends

Maximus Alvinius (formerly Landon Cruise)

  • Joined Satele Shan!
  • Participated in 17 competitions
  • 1 Crescent with Amethyst Star
  • 1 Pendant of Blood
  • 84 Clusters of Fire
  • Passed Astronomy Studies and Capital Starship Studies

Alethia Archenksova

  • Awarded a Seal of Loyalty
  • Awarded an Anteian Cross
  • Participated in 15 competitions
  • 1 Crescent with Ruby Star
  • 1 Crescent with Sapphire Star
  • 4 Clusters of Ice
  • 5 Clusters of Earth

Korroth

  • Awarded a Seal of Loyalty
  • Participated in 12 competitions
  • 2 Crescents with Amethyst Star
  • 2 Crescents with Sapphire Star
  • 3 Crescents with Emerald Star
  • 1 Crescent with Topaz Star
  • 1 Cluster of Ice
  • 3 Clusters of Graphite
  • 5 Clusters of Earth

Daniel "Seraphol" Stephens

  • Participated in 12 competitions
  • 1 Scroll of Indoctrination for recruiting Ethan Martes
  • 5 Clusters of Fire
  • 7 Clusters of Earth

Mako Henymory

  • Participated in 5 competitions
  • 1 Crescent with Sapphire Star
  • 1 Crescent with Emerald Star
  • 2 Clusters of Ice
  • 2 Clusters of Graphite
  • 32 Clusters of Fire
  • 5 Clusters of Earth

Talis DeMorte

  • Participated in 11 competitions

Lithar Andaris

  • 1 Grand Cross
  • Participated in 7 competitions
  • 1 Crescent with Sapphire Star
  • 2 Clusters of Ice

Tamashi Adaephon Delat

  • Joined Satele Shan!
  • Awarded an Anteian Cross
  • Participated in 5 competitions
  • 1 Crescent with Topaz Star
  • 5 Clusters of Earth

Kasulla Daegella

Akaarn Tayl'cor

  • Awarded an Anteian Cross
  • Participated in 3 competitions
  • 1 Crescent with Sapphire Star
  • 1 Cluster of Ice

Sa Ool

  • Participated in 3 competitions
  • 1 Crescent with Topaz Star

Aaleeshah

  • Participated in 1 competition
  • 20 Clusters of Fire

Ethan Martes

  • Joined Satele Shan!
  • Promoted from Initiate to Neophyte
  • Passed Dark Brotherhood Basics, Essentials 1: History, Essentials 2: Departments, Essentials 3: Paths & Orders, Essentials 4: Ranks, Essentials 5: Organization, Essentials 6: Medals, Comms 1: Discourse Forum, Comms 2: Telegram, DJBWiki: An Introduction, GMRG History, Gaming 101: Setting up & Finding Matches, Gaming 102: Fist-o-mati, and Gaming 103: Submitting Gaming Activity
  • Earned a Dark Pundit - Essentials

leocadio

  • Participated in 1 competition

Aerwin Tribwell

  • Participated in 1 competition

Raeyanna

  • 1 Crescent with Emerald Star

Nariah Jadon

  • No activity recorded

Jafits Skrumm

  • No activity recorded

Ihi Ariki

  • No activity recorded

Mauro Wynter

  • No activity recorded

Ka-lel

  • No activity recorded

Gellm'arco'nuruodo

  • No activity recorded

Gavriel Kadesh

  • No activity recorded

Krandon Lucian Firebringer

  • No activity recorded

Droveth Kathera Vectivi

  • No activity recorded

Ceballa LightBringer

  • No activity recorded

Magnus Wolfson

  • No activity recorded

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#AskArch and Conclusion

Ka Tarvitz asked: What is best in life?

TO CRUSH YOUR ENEMIES, SEE THEM DRIVEN BEFORE YOU, AND HEAR THE LAMENTATION OF THEIR WOMEN

Lenny-Poo asked: #AskArch grape or strawberry jelly for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?

Grape but I'm not picky.

Attykins asked: #AskArch given Alethia's actions and attitudes, does she ever face doubt or guilt for what she's done? Does anything keep her up at night? If so, what does she think about it and how does she deal? If not, how does she rationalize her actions to herself, unconsciously or otherwise? How does she rationalize them to others? And will she ultimately ever see an error to her ways, if at all?

Alethia's original aspects were all New Order references, including one that was called Guilt Is A Useless Emotion. It's not that she doesn't feel it so much as she rationalizes it away. The thing about rationalization is that it's really easy when there's always someone way more evil hanging around. Sure, she shot a bunch of unarmed hostages in the December RO - but it was probably a lot more pleasant than what Pravus and the Inquisitorius would have done if Alethia hadn't just shot them.

The thing is, even if it weren't easy to rationalize, she'd have to find a way. The second she starts doubting her entire world is going to collapse. She doesn't just have really nice skin treatment, she got tossed into a stasis chamber in 0 ABY and pulled out a year ago. New Tython and Alderaan were 30 years apart for the rest of you; they were just a few months apart for her. She went from a cushy ISB gig pushing around rich idiots to running a guerrilla war on behalf of Jedi of all people. Vorsa and others keep poking at her to be more introspective because they think it'll turn her into a Jedi or something. It won't. It'll happen eventually, and it'll be ugly.

Atra-doodle-dandy asks: #AskArch how would you define profound?

Something I can answer with a Big Lebowski quote. Conan will do in a pinch, but I only really know one line from that is it's quite a pinch.

Lenny-loo is at it again with: #AskArch what do you think needs developed next for the House?

OOC: I'd really like to get members doing fiction where other members can actually see if. If you've written something you're proud of, please send it to me and I'll toss it in the weekly emails.

IC: We've barely scratched the surface of Daleem as a setting.

Blade came in to Zeltron hug me with: #AskArch when will Marlethia finally become a thing?

They're both Space English. They've held hands already and then never spoke of it again, so now they just need to be kind of rude to each other for a few months and then get trashed on lager at the pub one night and we'll hit peak Marlethia.

Alethia Archenksova
Quaestor, Satele Shan

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Brethren, My best well wishes for the day and every other, my dears! It's been a while, but today, I am announcing that Clan Arcona is looking for a new Rollmaster! It is a critical position to the Clan as a whole, and one we want filled as...

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Brethren,

My best well wishes for the day and every other, my dears! It's been a while, but today, I am announcing that Clan Arcona is looking for a new Rollmaster! It is a critical position to the Clan as a whole, and one we want filled as soon as possible. That said, applications will be open DB-wide until Sunday, January 22nd, 23:59 EST.

As this position is so important for our younglings, we do reserve the right to choose an applicant before the deadline should a qualified one emerge. Get yours in early!

Applicants should have:

  • Less than 24 hour email turnaround time
  • Any past leadership in the Brotherhood or notable achievements listed
  • Any leadership experience outside of the club or in real life that may be relevant listed
  • Access to communication platforms (IRC, Telegram, etc). Strong TG presence will be looked upon favorably.
  • Rank of at least (Dark) Jedi Knight
  • Ideas for the streamlining of requirements for Journeymen
  • A solid system for assigning students with masters in correlation with the Clan's Rollmaster guidelines
  • Ability to keep Rollmaster-applicable wiki pages up to date
  • Ideas for Journeymen retention
  • Ability to mediate, work as a team, manage time, and problem solve

Things to note when applying:

  • Having taken and passed the Shadow Academy's Leadership courses will be looked upon favorably.
  • Knowing yourself is a good thing. Tell us about what you can bring to the summit and where you could improve.
  • Send applications to all the people we direct you to send them to. No, seriously. :P

Typical Rollmaster duties include:

  • Seeing to the welcoming of all new members of the Clan, including instructions on their chain of command, communication tools and methods, etc
  • Writing and publishing monthly Rollmaster reports
  • Tracking and being conscious of members’ activity and taking responsibility for keeping track of when they are due for medals or promotions
  • Writing of lead and/or supporting recommendations for medals and promotions for Journeymen and assisting with any other medals or promotions
  • Overseeing the developing of master-student pairs and reporting to the summit on the status of these pairings regularly
  • Constant communication with the rest of the Summit, including upper summit and House leaders
  • Development, training, and appointment of subordinate leaders alongside the rest of the summit
  • Maintaining the Arcona Mailing list with new joins and transfers

Email your applications to both Atty ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]) and Uji ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]). Goodluck, and thank you for your time and attention!

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