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(Please read the other clan title announcement below, then come back to this one!)
Something was wrong.
Atyiru felt it the moment the doors to her office hissed open. The air, already too quiet in the absence of her once-loyal Proconsul, suddenly seemed to weigh on her, thick and oppressive. She felt her breath becoming shallow as he stepped into the room, the rhythmic cadence of his footfalls entirely oblivious of the sudden tension.
The next moment, Timeros Arconae, her brother and newly-appointed Rollmaster, took a knee and bowed his head. “Your Excellency.”
“Please, brother,” the Consul said, as she tried to recover her customary levity. Where...did that come from. “Must we stand on formality like this? I’d much rather you stand.”
“As you wish,” the Adept intoned, rising as smoothly as he had fallen before standing stock-still and silent, eyes fixed upon the Augur. “You requested a meeting.”
The question remained but unspoken, but Atyiru was adept at reading her brother’s cues. “I did. It appears there’s been a security breach at Dusk Station.”
Silence. Not a flicker of the eyes nor a word of response. Just a cold, waiting stare that lingered at the back of her head, poking at her memories.
“Brother…” she said, finally, leaning over across her desk. “I have the security logs. Mejas Doto was released on your orders.”
There was a momentary flicker of awareness in the Arconae’s eyes. When he spoke, however, his voice was dead and monotonous.
“His talents were required.”
“His talents?” The blind Augur raised an eyebrow. “I was unaware that he had any save in the field of murder, and we have others who are...amply equipped for that. Could you give me the cause?”
“It shall be apparent soon.”
“Brother, that will not suffice. You - ”
Atyiru’s incipient remarks were broken up by sudden noise from her office’s antechamber.
“The Consul is currently indisposed! You cannot -”
A loud crash silenced the protests, and the doors behind the Adept slid open, revealing four instantly-recognizably men. Strategos. Wuntila. James. Rayze. They stepped into the room with the casual organization of veteran killers, spreading around Timeros in a half-circle, hands on their sabers. Through the opened door, she could see Bly lie on the floor, clearly unconscious.
The Consul froze. Five men. Five Arconae. Five Shadow Heart Arconae, all armed. At long last, she recognized that deadened, dissecting look in her brother’s eyes: It was a look she’d seen him give to enemies on the battlefield.
She heaved a sigh, moving back her chair and fixing each of them with a stare through her blindfold.
“Well, then. A coup?” She managed a wry smile. “I suppose the dungeons did just get a few new empty spots.”
“Oh, Atyiru,” Strategos said pleasantly as he took a tentative step around the desk. “There’s no need to make this harder than it has to be.”
“Well, I suppose that if - “ the Consul’s words were interrupted by a storm of motion as she sprang from her seat, throwing herself bodily out of her chair and towards the door. She felt herself stop even as she began to move, however, her moment roughly arrested by five pairs of invisible hands that left her hanging in midair.
“Ah, yes. I thought that might come up,” Strategos sighed. “Very well. I suppose further talk is-”
“Superfluous to requirement, yes,” the Augur managed to say. “Whatever you came to do. Do it.”
James glanced at Rayze, who nodded before producing a dark sackcloth motion at Atyiru.
“Oh, you’re kidding me. I’m already blindfolded! I’m bli-”
The next instant, Wuntila’s fist came crashing down at her, and everything went black.
She awoke to a series of sharp stabs in her stomach.
“...awake,” a voice spoke close to her ears, indistinct through the sack, accompanied by another piercing sensation.
“Atyiru Caesura Entar.” This time, she recognized the voice. Timeros.
“Every action has a reaction.” James.
“Your actions have been seen.” Strategos.
“And judged.” Legorii.
“The consequences are yours to bear.” Rayze.
“Atyiru,” spoke the voice near her head, and recognizing him as Mejas. “We name you Atyiru Caesura Entar, di Tenebrous Arconae.”
“Rise, Consul,” intoned the group, as the pricks at stomach continued, slowly marking out the Clan sigil.
Today marks the two year anniversary of Atyiru as Arcona Consul. Over the past four years of her membership, she has repeatedly shown her value to the Clan. She has been a great artist, an amazing writer and an all-around enthusiastic participant. She has grown, too, within those years, and Arcona has grown with her. Leadership can be a tumultuous affair, and having seen it up close we can say that she has handled every crisis thrown at her with grace and wisdom.
As such, the Arconae have unanimously decided that it is time to add to our ranks, and welcome Atyiru as the thirteenth di Tenebrous Arconae. Congratulations, Abbles. <3
On behalf of the Arconae,
James and Tim
Three years ago this month Plagueis achieved something that many had thought we would never see: our returned to Clanhood. We, along with Taldryan, became the first houses to reach this milestone in quite some time. Many people in the Clan had...
Three years ago this month Plagueis achieved something that many had thought we would never see: our returned to Clanhood. We, along with Taldryan, became the first houses to reach this milestone in quite some time. Many people in the Clan had worked tirelessly to see this moment over the course of many years, but the man who became the newly minted Consul of the reconstituted Clan Plagueis did a lot to bring us to that goal. I know that, through his actions, he reminded many of us that our dedication to the family we had built was of more import than any external tribulations we might have faced. I have no doubt that the vibrant Clan we all share today would not have continued without the welcoming manner and steady hand that he brought to the home we all have grown so fond of.
As a more recent newly minted Consul, I made it one of my goals to recognize the work that Montresor had done to help bring us to the place we find ourselves today. It gives me great pleasure to report that Montresor has been approved by the assembled di Plagia for inclusion in our ranks. While it is not the norm to recognize one who is not within our Clan, I hope that this exception truly underscores the import of this action we have taken. One's contributions to their Clan should not be negated or rendered unimportant by a desire to serve the Brotherhood at large as Montresor has done, both in the Chamber of Justice and in service to the Grand Master. I'm sure many of us, both within Plagueis and without, owe some thanks to the work he has done there. I know that Plagueis and its members have benefited greatly from things he has helped bring about, such as the Promotion Assessment Tool that he provided the inspiration for.
In the end, however, Montresor should now proudly stand with his fellow di Plagia. There are few who have deserved it more!
Introduction Hello and welcome to the first ever Rollmaster Report that I have ever written. In all the years I've spent in this club and the club that preceded it, Rollmaster is a position I've never held. However, that doesn't mean I...
Hello and welcome to the first ever Rollmaster Report that I have ever written. In all the years I've spent in this club and the club that preceded it, Rollmaster is a position I've never held. However, that doesn't mean I don't know what I'm doing, I feel like this position is tailor made for someone like me and I intend to do my best to do great things with it.
I'll start by introducing myself to those who have the good fortune to have never met me. I'm Kromtal Stormfyld, also known as Darknyte. I've been a member of the DJB for 17 years and in that time I've seen a lot of crazy things, and been a part of a lot of crazy things. I feel like I should be able to bring a certain sense of maturity and wisdom to this position given my rather advanced age.
Currently, we have a great deal of Master/Student pairings in Tarentum and that is something I like to see. Pairings are open to all members of Tarentum. Should your rank be JM4 or higher you can be a Master and guide a new member on their path to greatness. If your rank is JM3 or lower you are more than welcome to become an Apprentice. Should anyone want to become a Master or Apprentice please contact me and I'll see what I can do to pair you up.
Now, for a note to current Masters who have an Apprentice. I'm not sure how Ranarr did things, but I do have my own method that I would like you to adhere to. Before bestowing any medal or promotion on your Apprentice I need to reach out to me. You can either email me or catch me on Telegram (@Darknyte). It's my goal to get everyone promoted and awarded fairly, so I need to be involved just to make sure nobody is getting too much or too little for their efforts. In regards to promotions, anything JM3 and below you just need to contact me. If it's for JM4 I ask that you also CC Frosty, Beef, and that Apprentice's QUA and AED. For merit awards you need to CC the same people as you did for a JM4 promotion.
Currently we have quite a few competitions running in Tarentum. Each report I will highlight all of the Clanwide competitions. One thing I will ask is that if you run a House or Battleteam please make your competitions Clanwide that aren't internal lore/fiction. This allows greater opportunity for the Journeyman to participate in things like gaming, trivia, etc. Recently, I did a trivia competition that was marked for another unit, I even placed in this competition... however, I was unable to collect my Crescent due to being in the wrong unit as. I feel if we make these competitions Clanwide it will create a higher degree of participation because, which is what we all would like to see.
Current Clanwide Competitions
- What the....they made him Rollmaster?
- Aurebesh Riddle #4
- Racer Rush Fun
- Scion's Writing Workshop - Anger Leads to Hate
- State of the Brotherhood - Twitter Edition
- Say What?!
- Dark Brotherhood CCG
I'd like to thank Frosty and Beef for this opportunity. Competition for the position was fierce and I faced very stiff competition in the form of Tahiri Drakon Night-Thorn and Tebbo Jensen. All three of us were fairly evenly matched and it could have went to any one of us. I promise I will do my best to bring dignity and activity to the position, and above all else, I promise to work tirelessly for the glory of Tarentum
Hi everyone, As of late, I have struggled to keep up with competing demands from real life and the Brotherhood. I am sure that this has been noticeable, as it has become increasingly difficult to satisfy my obligations in multiple places. After a...
As of late, I have struggled to keep up with competing demands from real life and the Brotherhood. I am sure that this has been noticeable, as it has become increasingly difficult to satisfy my obligations in multiple places. After a lot of thought, and the influence, advice, and guidance of many individuals I respect, a decision has been made. I will be leaving the position of Consul. I hope that this will provide good opportunities for others to lead the Clan. I am confident that whomever my successor is, they will do well.
I have had an exciting experience in these past two years. I've worked with a lot of great people. I've learned a lot from them, as I hope many of them have from me. I look forward to seeing what the future holds and hope that it is not only as good as the past couple of years, but even better.
I do not intend to disappear. I will return to my home in House Shar Dakhan, and continue as a member from there. Despite my currently busy schedule, I intend to be active and enjoy the Brotherhood from a different perspective.
Greetings all, I've spent my last few days as Rollmaster in a dark, dusty conference room, deciding. I had good company though! I had good company during my entire period as RM. Frosty Romanae and Sith 'Beef' Bloodfyre, thank you for...
I've spent my last few days as Rollmaster in a dark, dusty conference room, deciding. I had good company though! I had good company during my entire period as RM. Frosty Romanae and Sith 'Beef' Bloodfyre, thank you for your support, shared wisdoms and fun during this awesome time in the summit.
We had to make a decision, and a hard one that was. All applications were really good!
Thank you for that
After some additional questions... It was still a hard call... We see potential in all who applied.
It's official! Tarentum's new Rollmaster is... Drumroll..........
Kromtal Stormfyld, aka Darknyte.
I'm looking forward to his future accomplishments! Be on the lookout for his, soon to come, first Rollmaster Report.
Dark Jedi Brotherhood, DB v. Xanos Zorrixor resulted in a verdict that recommended expulsion. This recommendation resulted in a random website generated jury that has deliberated the facts of the trial. The jury has delivered a unanimous decision...
Dark Jedi Brotherhood,
DB v. Xanos Zorrixor resulted in a verdict that recommended expulsion. This recommendation resulted in a random website generated jury that has deliberated the facts of the trial. The jury has delivered a unanimous decision to expel Xanos Zorrixor. This decision was made following 24 hours of deliberation and discussion.
Grand Master Cotelin executed his duties as Justicar, but the decision to expel was the jury's and the jury's alone. Their deliberations, discussions, and decision were held outside of the Justicar and Grand Master's purview.
Jac and I have decided to release this result with a joint statement. This is an unfortunate event in the history of the Dark Brotherhood, but one that has exercised the very Covenant designed to protect our members. Trials, defenses, jury deliberations, and decisions were carried out in a professional manner and great care was taken to conduct all aspects of this case by the letter of the Covenant. Gone are the days where a club leader or random figurehead possesses the singular power to remove our members.
This case and the resulting expulsion are also a clear indication that a member's rank does not provide them a cloak of protection. Xanos was nearly our Grand Master, achieved the highest rank a non-Grand Master can achieve, and was a distinguished contributor to our club for many years. Despite these accolades, Xanos was not above the Covenant. He was warned by both Jac and I to stop his behavior, he was found guilty of Extremely concerning harassment, he repeated that harassment against the clear and repeated wishes of DJB member, and he did so with the knowledge that additional punishment would occur.
This is an unfortunate day for the Dark Brotherhood, but it is a day that has confirmed the fairness of our systems and processes for handling the most unfortunate situations we encounter. I am proud of the Justicar team and their tireless efforts to represent our club and its membership.
Grand Master Pravus
Staff Appointments Now that applications have closed, it's time for me to announce my decisions for our two vacant staff positions. First, I want to thank everyone that applied. Each and every one of you was qualified, and any of those that...
Now that applications have closed, it's time for me to announce my decisions for our two vacant staff positions. First, I want to thank everyone that applied. Each and every one of you was qualified, and any of those that applied could have been chosen. Everyone brought different skills, abilities, and qualities to the table. Given how close all applicants were in their overall suitability for the job, either with experience or with activity, I ended up looking at some slightly more obscure metrics upon which to base my decision. The position of wiki staffer is really one that can provide a starting point to leadership in the Brotherhood, or a gateway back into that realm. As such, I decided, all other things being equal, to prefer those that weren't holding other positions elsewhere. While this decision was motivated by the idea that I'd get to have these new staffer's undivided attention, it also let me strive for another goal as well. Often times these sorts of jobs are given to those that have already proven themselves, and that takes away the opportunity for others to prove themselves, too. Opening up more opportunities for advancement, not just in the medal/promo rat race but more importantly along the road from consumer to producer, is in and of itself a goal to be lauded.
It is in that spirit that it gives me great pleasure to welcome Meleu Karthdo and Tasha'Vel Versea to the Wiki Staff to fill our two vacancies. Both of them have tackled projects on the Wiki before (with Meleu having spent some time on the staff previously) and I have confidence that both will be able to make valuable contributions to the Wiki moving forward.
Members of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood - The Chamber of Justice has convened and issued a verdict in the pending case of DB v. Kadrol Hauen and Fallitar. The case involved a charge of cloning, a charge of false statements, and two charges of...
Members of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood -
The Chamber of Justice has convened and issued a verdict in the pending case of DB v. Kadrol Hauen and Fallitar. The case involved a charge of cloning, a charge of false statements, and two charges of cheating. The Chamber has issued a detailed verdict and Justicar Opinion for the case which can be found in the PDF file linked below. Please note that the written opinion is generally found on the page after announcement of the verdict.
The verdict was as follows:
Case #056 - DB v. Kadrol Hauen & Fallitar - Opinion PDF
- Count 1 - Cloning - Plea of Not Guilty
- Count 2 - False Statements - Plea of Not Guilty
- Count 3 - 2x Cheating - Plea of Not Guilty
- Verdict - GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS
- Punishment: Removal of Fallitar Dossier and loss of all awards and honors thereof; Demotion of Kadrol Hauen by three ranks; Letter of Reprimand; Strict Probation for 6 months followed by 6 months General Probation; Disqualification from Society participation for Q1 2017
Signed and sealed in Justice,
Jac Ae-Sequiera Cotelin
Justicar and High Protector of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood
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Supported Games Update
Good evening, DB! After a month-long test, I am pleased to announce the addition of two new additions to our club’s supported games library.
Effective immediately, Titanfall 2 and Star Wars: Force Arena are officially supported platforms.
Details for each game below.
Titanfall 2 has multiple options for cooperative play. All of these events meet the Player Vs. Others (PvO) criteria, and will award 2 Clusters of Fire for each submission. As this is a non-Star Wars game, there is a daily cap of 30 CFs.
As always, you must submit a screenshot through the site showing at least two DB members. Ensure your gamer ID is listed on the site for validation purposes. For now, 1v1 matches are not supported. This will be reviewed at a later date.
The following activities are accepted:
- Amped Hardpoint - Capture and hold a hardpoint to earn points. Amped Hardpoints give double points.
- Bounty Hunt - Kill enemies to earn points. Earn more by 'banking' bonus points at designated points.
- Pilots vs. Pilots - Kill enemy pilots. Titanfalls not permitted.
- Capture the Flag - Steal the enemy flag and return it to your base while stopping the enemy team from taking your flag!
- Attrition - AI soldiers flood the map. Three teams, two players, one AI.
- Skirmish - Small scale conflicts.
- Last Titan Standing - Everyone gets a Titan, and the last one on the battlefield is the winner.
Please ensure all screenshots submitted look like this:
Additionally, you may earn up to five (5) Pendants of Blood for playing Titanfall. Pendants are awarded at levels 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50. You may not earn additonal PoBs after regeneration. Once you have earned five PoBs, that’s it. No more.
Get out there and win glory for your faction, Pilots!
Star Wars: Force Arena
I am particularly excited to add Star Wars: Force Arena to our list of supported games. This game is the first fully supported mobile game in the club, something I’ve been hoping to add since taking over as Fist.
The gameplay for Force Arena is pretty straightforward: This is a MOBA-esque game that pits a main character and supporting AI characters (from an upgradeable deck). Your job is to destroy your enemy’s shield generator before they destroy yours!
During the test, we found that a guild-size limitation of 50 members essentially precludes this game from 1v1 PvP support. The 2v2 PvO events allow for a co-op matchup of 2 DB members against random players from around the world. Should the guild limitation be raised/changed, we will re-assess the 1v1 viability for the club.
Based off testing and average match times, all matches submitted will award 1 CF per match. Since this game is a Star Wars game, there is a daily cap of 50 CFs.
As always, you must submit a screenshot through the site showing at least two DB members. Please ensure all screenshots submitted look like this:
It’s always a great day when we get to add more gaming platforms to the club. I should mention that it’s Gorefest this weekend, in case anyone was looking for a reason to hop behind a controller or a keyboard and try our new games out!
Oh. One more thing. By popular demand, Heroes of the Storm is getting a test. Details here. This event is already live and goes for the next two weeks.
Keep on gaming!
Fist of the Brotherhood
Aeotheran surface The Empiricalum High Containment Lab “What did you find?!” he asked, the words escaping his mouth before the thoughts were fully formed. “Sir, I don’t know how to explain it… this virus shouldn’t be biologically active. It’s a...
High Containment Lab
“What did you find?!” he asked, the words escaping his mouth before the thoughts were fully formed.
“Sir, I don’t know how to explain it… this virus shouldn’t be biologically active. It’s a random jumble of unstable isotopes, rare and heavy metals. It shouldn’t interact with any of the biology found on this planet by any known mechanism. It’s completely incompatible,” Sera finished, a quizzical look in her eyes.
Aul stood more still than he’d been afforded in many, many weeks. His eyes locked on Sera’s, a look of wild, fierce life returning to his gaze. He slowly, measuredly closed the space between them with surefooted steps, reached out and gently pulled her head towards his with his hands behind her neck, under her head tails. He planted a deep, passionate kiss on his trusted companion and, quelling any fear he had in the action, found the kiss returned.
Pulling an inch away from his lips, Sera looked into his eyes and gave no attempt to hide her shock, “Aul… um, what… what is it?”
“Sera, you’ve done it. You beautiful… you,” Aul said, a grin as wide as he’d ever had in his life spread across his face. With one more kiss on the Togrutan’s forehead, he shouted aloud, “Complex chelation therapy! It’s the cure. You’ve done it!”
“By the light of the Core, you’re right! We’ve been trying to treat it as a virus, because that’s what it appeared to be on the microscope... but to our bodies it may as well just be a heavy metal toxin. It never showed up in blood tests because it infected like a virus and remained inside cells. But when the virus sheds out to infect other cells…”
“We can capture it with chelation, and render it neutral,” Aul finished Sera’s sentence with exuberance.
“It’s so simple! And with a broad cocktail combined with mineral supplements we can deploy the treatment immediately!” Sera said, giggling with excitement.
“Sera, this is it. You, me, all of us… we have a future, now. Send word for Lilith and Firith right away.”
Inside the Empiricalum
Some Time Later…
“Hello there,” Marcus replied. “I’m .. well, it doesn’t matter who I am. What matters is who you are.” His horned captive didn’t reply, merely observed the shrouded individual in front of him.
Drawing the icy coldness of the dark side into his voice, Marcus continued. “You know what we want to know, but you refuse to give it to us. You think yourself safe. You might even think that we know very little.” He stood up, and started pacing around the chair.
“There are always those that know more than you do, you know,” he stated, all iciness gone from his voice. “The trick is, to always be the man holding all the cards. If you can do that, well then you end up being like me.” Spinning the chair around, he stared hard into the Iktotchi’s bleary eyes.
“Does that frighten you? No? Hmm,” the Praetor mused aloud. “I guess it wouldn’t. After all, I haven’t told you that we have found your sister.” Marcus’ green eyes seemed to draw in every single detail of the Iktotchi’s face as a flicker of doubt shot across his pinkish face. “You can’t have. You’re lying.”
“Ah, you think I am. But you cannot be sure, can you?” Marcus’ face split open in a demonic grin, the dark side of the Force egging him on, drawing on his target’s despair. “You’ll have noticed that I’m a little different from your last interrogator. Hard to tell truth from lies, when you can’t get inside someone’s head, isn’t it?”
The only tell that the prisoner gave was a widening of the iris, which disappeared as quickly as it had come, but Marcus had noticed it, and stored the flicker of doubt and of recognition away in his mind.
“Tell me. What is To’ka’s favorite color? Blood red?” Marcus almost failed to keep his glee from spilling over into his face as his captive’s face drained of all color, leaving him ashen-faced.
“Y-you can’t have, she g-got away! N-no! She’s s-safe!” He began yelling, and fighting his restraints, which began to rattle as they were pushed to their limits.
Marcus smiled briefly, then that smile turned into a snarl as he grabbed the Iktotchi’s throat and forced him back into his chair. “Listen to me you pathetic quim,” he said threateningly, pouring all of what he could draw from the dark side into his voice, “I have eyes and ears everywhere. If you think I cannot find one pathetic little Iktotchi, then you are wrong. Now you either tell me what I want to know, or I will take the greatest of pleasures in tearing every last shred of sanity from your sweet little sister.”
The Iktotchi still struggled, fighting against Marcus’ grip to draw breath. “Of course if you prefer, we can always kill you now, and see how she feels about switching sides. I can be very persuasive, and papa always said she was extremely gifted in the Force,” he mocked.
The captive alien stopped struggling, realizing that there would be no way out, and no way back. He would spill every last little secret he knew to this monster to keep his sister safe. Slumping against Marcus’ grip, who immediately loosened his grip, he began to mutter. Marcus had to lean forward to hear what he was saying..
Several hours had passed when the door to the control room finally opened, with Marcus in the doorway. He turned towards Darkblade with a look of disturbed happiness, having heard all that the prisoner had had to give. “I know where the plague came from,” he said triumphantly. “It came from,” and whatever was said next, was drowned out by the gurgling sound of an airpipe filling with blood, as from behind the Praetor a form stabbed a piece cold hard metal into his neck, twice, thrice.
As Marcus collapsed on the floor bleeding out as his carotid artery excised as much of his life force as possible, Darkblade deftly stepped forward, his lightsaber in his hand instantly and carved upwards, clean through the middle of the Iktotchi. There on the floor, lay both Marcus Kiriyu, and the Iktotchi prisoner. Dead. Pride had become the cause of death for both.
I hope you all have been having a great month. The fiction above was supplied by Marcus and Aul and is but a small part of a much larger fiction. Usually, we try to keep these short, but in this case, the plot ran away from us and it got much longer than intended. You can find the rest at the following links, and I'll talk a little bit more about it later.
First, I'd like to talk a little bit about some recently awarded or promoted members of Naga Sadow. Our members have accomplished some great things and I sometimes feel that goes unrecognized. While this isn't everyone, it is a few recent, notable things that I'd like to give a shoutout too. Without further adieu:
I first want to highlight some recent awards and promotions. These members have a large part of what has made CNS the great Clan that it is today. We wouldn't be where we are now without them.
In Shar Dakhan, Evelynn Wyrm has been appointed Aedile. Evelynn - probably better known as Aexod - has already proved to be a valuable member of the Summit. He brings a lot of valuable gaming experience and know-how to our mostly-writing Clan and together with Darkblade I know I can expect to see some creative things out of HSD. Aexod has already proved to be a creative leader, proposing many ideas we had not thought of prior.
Darkblade has been awarded a Grand Cross. Darkblade has been an exemplary Quaestor. He has been instrumental in the creation and running of multiple creative events, including the recent Project S.P.E.C.I.A.L, which was an astounding success. He's also been adept at developing new leaders. Finally, Darkblade has a whole 'nother wiki career next to this. He took it upon himself to categorize all of Naga Sadow's NPC wiki pages, and there were quite a few. This was a total of 106 pages that he categorized, and at least an additional 20 that he wrote entire biographies for, from scratch. NPCs may not seem all that important, but they provide a lot of very useful background lore and this was a huge category that the Clan had not touched in a long time, so we are very grateful to Darkblade for taking the time to investigate it.
Bentre has been promoted to Equite 3. Bentre is a wiki staff member and a member of the Shadow Academy staff, and this is reflected in strong recommendations he received from both Selika and Farrin & Marcus. These recommendations discuss how he is a key member of each of these staffs. In Naga Sadow, he is also occupies the key position of Rollmaster. Bentre has updated multiple key wiki pages in his time in leadership, including the CNS Master-Student page and pages for various CNS events, including Operation: Firestorm and others. He organized a solid 28 competitions of his own, but has also participated in a massive 207 competitions in the time covered by this award. We're extremely happy to have Bentre on our team.
Aul has received a Steel Cross. Aul has been both a BTL and Aedile recently. He has participated in a whopping 75 competitions, and in addition to that, helped run Project S.P.E.C.I.A.L. with Darkblade. His unique ideas helped the event be a great success, and he's an awesome, well-rounded member to have around. Under his leadership, the Devil's Shroud Battleteam flourished, as did his House.
Riku was recently awarded his first Sapphire Blade. Both Aedile of Marka Ragnos and a Shadow Academy staff member, Riku has a lot on his plate. Still, he has found time to reach 100% participation in each event CNS has had at least back to the feud with CSP last year. The recommendations from his leadership and from the SA attest to the amount f work he puts in to help not only the clan, but also the club in general. We're proud of Riku's efforts to make the club a better place, and of his dedication to activity.
DarkHawk has been promoted to from Warrior to Battlemaster (EQ1 to EQ2). This has been a long time coming, as DarkHawk returned to us after a long hiatus from the club. In that time, he has become a member of the HMR Summit as BTL of the Night Hawks, and earned several Crescents. He also writes a lot for fiction and runons, totalling over 25,000.
Last, but not least Sabe Baize, otherwise known as Inyri, has earned their first merit award - an Anteian Cross. This cross comes not only from activity, but also from Sabe's efforts to develop a fictional Intelligence division for CNS, one which we sorely lacked before and which will be very useful in upcoming fiction. We're really glad that Sabe not only pointed this out, but also volunteered to develop it, all along with his usual activites.
As I mentioned, this isn't everyone. If it were, this would be a really long list. But when we give a reward, it's not just because we have to or it's our job. We really do appreciate what everyone does.
On the homefront, the event, Sands of Time, recently ended. I believe we are awaiting the final fiction for the event, but we already have the results. I'd first like to thank Bentre, Riku, and Muz for running the event, writing the story, and creating the competitions for us. Especially because I'm about to steal their thunder and announce winners.
Firith was first, Tasha was second, and Ashia was third. We saw a lot of activity in this event from members we hadn't seen much of for awhile, and it was fun competing alongside them.
In the future, in March, we're going to have a cooperative event with the folks over in Tarentum. Our goal is to have a little friendly competition and to enjoy some time together before we all go head to head in the upcoming Great Jedi War.
Additionally, we bid farewell to Qyreia, who has accepted a position as Quaestor in Arcona. While we're sad to see him go, we wish him luck...and I personally can't wait to fight him in the ACC! (Here's hoping that as a judge he can't really compete)
Fiction-wise, the above fiction covers a lot of things. We've had a few threads floating around in CNS that we wanted to settle down so we could focus on what's going on with the whole club. We had the Karashi Void (a virus kind of deal that drives people mad), we've had the Dominion as enemies for awhile, and we've also lacked a strong, central cover identity foundation. Thus, in this fiction, we've cured the virus. We've discovered it originated from the Dominion, but decided they're not a major threat at the moment. Finally, we've cleared a path for the Dlarit Corporation to return to power in our home system.
We had a discussion on our mailing list about this awhile back, and the majority seemed to come to the conclusion that going back to the Dlarit Corporation would give us a lot of operational freedom. The Orian Assembly (the representative government that we pulled strings for to run the system) will still be there, but as a foil to Dlarit.
Also, if you hate evil corporations, don't fret. This is mostly background fiction and you will rarely have to think about businessy things. No writing about stocks and bonds and business deals for you, unless you want to.
Overall, the intention is that now we have freedom to do our Indiana Jones in space thing. It's pretty easy to tell civilians "oh, we represent this corporation, stay out of our business." We'll still be keeping the Warhost and the rest of our command structure, and we'll show how this meshes together in future fictions. Right now, we just wanted to lay the groundwork for what's upcoming.
This fiction was the work of four members aside from myself, including Aul, Bentre, Sang, and Marcus.
It ended up being pretty lengthy, due to all the stuff we covered. This was honestly my mistake, and it probably would have been better as smaller parts, but I wanted it all released and everyone was like "fine Locke, have it your way!" so they left it up to me to figure out how to shove a square peg through a round hole.
In the future, I'm hoping to have shorter, more specific fictions that flow better. The flow of this one has nothing to do with the authors, and everything to do with how I managed it.
That Question I'm Sure Everyone Wants an Answer To
Oh, here's a question I know you're asking:
Locke, where the heck is our fleet?
Well, I had a funny idea about this one. A long time ago, we had a fictional identity, a theme, a goal, and a military that all meshed together because they were designed together. We didn't really do it exactly the same this time, but I wanted to have the fictional angle (the Indiana Jones in space, artifact-lore hunting stuff) and the cover identity (the Dlarit Corporation) all settled, before deciding on the fleet. So that's why we're here, and why we're the only Clan without one yet.
However, that is about to change very, very soon. I'll be emailing ya'all.
Conclave of 1/29/17
For those of you who don't know, for CNS, 'Conclave' is a meeting of the Sons and Daughters of Sadow (Clan Title holders) and Summit members. It's a chance for these two often vastly-different groups to meet and talk about things, like how the Clan is running, what new ideas we could have, and things like that. We hadn't done one in awhile, so it was overdue, and the time reflected that (this one was two and a half hours long…)
I want to be more transparent about what we discuss at these. I'm not going to be too specific, but at this one we talked about areas we could generally improve in, as well as future ideas. There were a lot of questions, and some interesting ideas came out of them, which are currently in the early germination stage. We talked about the upcoming event with Tarentum, as well as other plans for the year, up to and including the Great Jedi War. We discussed diversity in our events, as well as what our members would be interested in moving forward.
I know that isn't much, but there's a lot I don't want to be too specific about...yet
That wraps up this report. I didn't do a Q&A, again, but I think we're going to handle that a little differently in the future. I still want to have them, because it's always a good idea to listen to feedback from membership. You'll be hearing from me in the very near future about this.
Augur Locke Sonjie
Consul of Naga Sadow