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For the Glory of Odan-Urr and Shinies! Welcome to another Rollmistress report! Another month is gone but with it comes a lot of exciting stuff. First, we are in the third and last stage of our big cooperative event with Clan Talydran titled ‘...

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For the Glory of Odan-Urr and Shinies!

Welcome to another Rollmistress report! Another month is gone but with it comes a lot of exciting stuff. First, we are in the third and last stage of our big cooperative event with Clan Talydran titled ‘Desperate Measures’. For the Glory of Odan-Urr! I’ll be breaking this down a bit more below in the competitions section, but for now I'll just say to not neglect the team events. Get something in so you are in the race! Second, the Great Jedi War is coming this summer. I don't have any information to share with you now, but keep in mind that his Clan Event is practice for it. Don't let this opportunity go along with the shinies that come with it! Lastly, I’ll cover the ongoing projects and the usual colorful additions that make my reports so appealing to look at while you read them.

Onwards!

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New Joins & Returning Members

Everyone join me in welcoming our new and returning members to Odan-Urr. Look out for them on Telegram and make them feel welcome. Bonus points for extra hugs!!

  • A Padawan, Ceballa Lightbringer!
  • A Knight, Ka Tarvtiz returns to us!
  • A Knight, Droveth Kathera Vectivi returns to us!
  • A Jedi, RasLuka!
  • A Jedi, Xhsosa!
  • A Jedi, Ajax Harris!
  • A Jedi, Solomon!
  • A Jedi, Celevon Edraven Erinos joins us and fills the position of Hoth Aedile! (Good Luck!)

Promotions and Awards!!

My favorite section by far, time to celebrate everyone’s achievements! Join me in giving a cheer and a well earned pat on the back (aggressive hugs optional but suggested). Great job everyone!!!

  • Ka Tarvitz to Peacekeeper (Equite 1)! (Welcome to the Equites!)
  • Augur A’lora Kituri grabs a Sapphire Blade! (Extra hugs for him! This is not easy to get.)
  • Savant Junazee grabs a Seal of Loyalty!
  • Knight Talis Demorte grabs a Seal of Loyalty!
  • Savant Aura Ta’var grabs a Seal of Loyalty!
  • Commander Alethia Archenksova grabs a Seal of Loyalty!
  • Augur Takota Okami grabs a Seal of Loyalty!
  • Vangaurd Korroth grabs a Seal of Loyalty!
  • Augur A’lora Kituri grabs a Seal of Loyalty!
  • Professional Jasper Arlow grabs a Seal of Loyalty!
  • Seer Mako Henymory grabs a Seal of Loyalty!
  • Vangaurd Turel Sorenn grabs a Seal of Loyalty!
  • Peacekeeper Ka Tarvitz grabs a Dark Side Scroll!

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Competition Spotlight

There are a lot of competitions out there (and I encourage you to check them all out), but I’d like to put a spotlight on those organized by Odan-Urr itself and more prominently the Desperate Measures competitions, which ends in 5 days. Take a look! Just keep in mind that team events count as more. Always get an entry in if you can!

Breaking News

  • Clan ACC Venues Call! Have any ideas for some nice places to write for use by Odan-Urr? More information here.
  • NPC slots are now open for use by DB members! You have to buy them, but any activity earns you credits so don’t worry. More info here.
  • Seals of Loyalty Awarded!
  • Desperate Measures Clan Event going on right now! Check it out!
  • Concerns in gaming lately have been raised to the Grand Master himself. Let’s all play by the rules. If it feels like it is cheating, it probably is. For those that want a refresher on the rules, check it out here.
  • New playable characters! Ewok and Devorian. Check it out here. There is also a new run-on course in the Shadow Academy if you would like to learn more about how to do that. ^^
  • Odan-Urr Consul report out! Check out news from the red panda here!

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Master-Student Program

Odan-Urr offers all its new and returning members membership in the Master-Student program. If you are interested, I will pair you with a more experienced member of the Clan to help guide you on your path to Knight and beyond. This is not only a great way to get to know the clan, but it offers a wealth of fictional opportunities. I encourage our younger members to request a master, and I encourage our more senior members to think about signing up to be a Master. This is just another way to give back to the Clan and help a new person along. If you’d like to sign up, simply send me a message on Telegram or give me an email!

Current Master-Student Pairings:

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Rollmistress Projects

Currently Active

  • New Jedi Praxeum Development: This has been put on hold until the Clan Event is over. I will provide everyone an update next report. Stay tuned for the next best place to send all the force sensitive kids. Because as we all know, we need to train them to save the galaxy and contemplate on the Force. :D I like to imagine the future students as bundles of energy trying to eat all the food.

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  • Jedi Academy Training: Some new students and a few more lessons happened this last month, which made me very happy. So far I’ve got some very positive results and my students have had a lot of fun. Give it try! The only request I have is that you have fun and put some effort into trying to improve yourself. I can do the rest. Currently I do this adhoc, so reach out to me if you want to take advantage of this opportunity.

    • FUTURE Plans: Group training sessions.
  • Getting to know everyone’s Character!: This started out as something I wanted to do to understand everyone’s character, but it has turned into a useful tool for everyone. How does this work? I post a question that makes you think about your character in the Clan chat and pin it for easy access so it stays at the top of the window. Everyone answers the questions, some of which require knowledge of other characters, and I record them in a spreadsheet for everyone to view. This helps everyone out. Check out the current answers so far here.

    • FUTURE Plans: More questions for now, but eventually you’ll need to use this for some team competitions I have in mind. Why? I want to get everyone more comfortable writing each other’s characters and working together. TEAMWORK.

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Upcoming

  • Zirael: This is dependent on the New Jedi Praexum Development. This has been put on the backburner until the Jedi Praxeum finishes up as much of that project will inform this one. Until then, this will be continued to be maintained as usual. Be patient on this one.

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Member Spotlight

We do so much more than just the numbers that are tracked on the website. We are a community and I’d like to take this time to show off some awesome things we’ve done as a Clan that don’t quite fit anywhere else. Thank you for your contributions!!

Graphics from the latest graphics competitions Pretty Pictures: Toys for Odanites

Ihi Ariki's (#3690) original Venator-Class Star Destroyer from the 22 BBY - 19 BBY Kuat Drive Yards merchandise toy-line, with spring-loaded laser shooters and authentic battle sound effects! By Korroth

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Arcia’s Pretend Soldier toys by Mako Henymory

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Seraphol’s Rock by Alethia Archenksova -- the simple things in life. :)

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Dragon Kite by Edgar

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Fiction: Feast your eyes on some of the latest fiction from your fellow Odanites!

Alethia’s Adventures on the Beach. Mar makes a special appearance. :)

Mako’s Beach encounters, including an intro to a new NPC, Slyvia. A new Jedi. :D

Xantros, who LEFT US, also made a beach adventure. Come back :(

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Knights and Equites

Your journey doesn’t end at Knight, so therefore neither does my assistance. First and foremost, I want all Knights and above to know that if you have a question or if you need anything, then feel free to reach out to me. I am here to help. Second, from time to time there are projects to work on, which will help you either reach Equite or advance further in the Equite ranks. So keep that in mind.

Alright, May’s advice. This month I’d like to address the following question: “if someone isn't in an official leadership position, do you have any advice for them to get leadership experience and become hokage?”.

Our wonder PCON, Alethia Archenksova provided a wonderful answer:

Contribute to the community. Like, it's great if you pound out 10k words of solo fiction every week and win all the crescents, but if you're not interacting with the rest of the clan you're basically just a number in a spreadsheet. If you game, game with Odanites. If you write, help others develop their characters and work them into your fiction. If you draw, draw flowers on everyone's chat avatar. Make friends. I have a short attention span. I wouldn't still be here if I were just grinding out comp submissions. I'm here because I have friends here. I still play Alethia because people like Vyr and Cable and Blade keep giving me interesting places to take the character. We're constantly fighting the attrition of real life. If you want new joins and current members to stick around, help build a family around them.

I agree wholeheartedly and will say, listen to our wise Pecan (PCON). Help others and make some friends. You will have fun and find that you yourself will grow along the way. ^^

Some Open Projects!:

  • [Odan-Urr] Wiki Project Call for Volunteers. Reach out to Talis DeMorte if you are interested in helping update our clan wiki pages. You don’t have to wiki code. We need content help as well!
  • [Odan-Urr] Jedi Praxeum. Reach out to yours truly, Aura Ta’var, if you are interested in helping build a Jedi school!

Useful Resources

Some useful links for everyone (will grow with time):

Conclusion

Another great month for Odan-Urr. Seems like each report I am listing off a ream of awards and this pleases me immensely. Keep at it and do what you do best. What is that? Have fun and show how great Odan-Urr is of course. :D Before I end this colorful report, remember to finish strong in the Clan Event, Desperate Measures, that is currently take place. Get something in for the group events. They are worth a lot of points and might as well put yourself in for the running. Lastly, stay on top of the character questions and don’t be afraid to share random art and fictions. Sharing with friends is fun. Have fun everyone! ^^

To an even brighter future, good work everyone!

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TL;DR

  • New Joins & Returning Members

  • Promotions and Awards

  • Competition Spotlight

  • Breaking News

  • Master-Student Program

  • Rollmistress Projects

  • Member Spotlight

  • Knights and Equites

  • Useful Resources

  • Final Thoughts

~Signed with Pheromones

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Greetings my fellow Odanites, allies of the Lotus, and dark side spies. War is on the horizon and there is a great deal to cover... This month’s featured art is of our favorite General by the very talented Nunchaku JOBS! * Tarentum Proconsul - Due...

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Greetings my fellow Odanites, allies of the Lotus, and dark side spies.

War is on the horizon and there is a great deal to cover...

This month’s featured art is of our favorite General by the very talented Nunchaku

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Brotherhood News

  • Grand Master - Pravus announced the May the 4th Seals of Loyalty, and we had 11 Odanites received SoLs. Mako and Jasper were nominated by the Herald, Kasula and Korroth by the Voice, Seraphol by the Headmaster, and Arch by the CM. We had the privilege of nominated three members from COU: Blade, Junazee, and Talis. Congrats to all the awardees! On a less pleasant note, people have been put on notice for shady dealings.

  • Deputy Grand Master - Mav released the quarterly clan activity stats and announced the ACC situation leading up to the GJW.

  • Voice - For those of you living under a rock, alternate characters and member-specific NPCs are a thing now. We've already seen people do some pretty cool things with this feature, so go read up on the details if you haven't already. Additionally, there are two new species available for use.

  • Combat Master - Atra puts out a call for venues and drops some really solid tips for ACC. hint hint

  • Shadow Academy - The SA has released the new Advanced Warfare course as well as revised versions of Sith Order Core and Runon Studies. Thanks to Farrin for a full year and counting of service as Headmaster

  • Fist - #GoodGuyDrac released oodles of stats and put three game series on notice - if nobody plays them by the end of the month, they will no longer be supported. There was other news about Destiny and Diablo 3, as well as Ed's Gaming Network.

  • Herald - The Shroud War graphics tournament was a rousing success and the Herald staff will take what they’ve learned and apply to future events.

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Clan News

  • Everyone say hi to House Hoth's new Aedile, Celevon!

  • Rollmistress - Blade updated everyone on the Master-Student program, her project to develop the new Praxeum, and more.

  • Hoth QUA Report - There was tons of news from Edgar this month. Keep an eye out for announcements regarding Hoth's new AED and BTL.

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Welcome to the new edition of the Solyiat News Network. Today, we are here to report that the Jedi Commander visited with Governor Kopchak, pledging that the newly christened Solyiat Air Patrol will be assisting the planetary militia in defending the planetary trade routes and aiding any citizens in need. This move comes just at the right time, as most of the Jedi forces are leaving the system on what is being called a cooperative mission against the Sith Lord, Pravus. We, of course, wish them well and hope the Jedi are successful in winning the day!

In other news, Jedi Drachen introduced his newest second in command, a young Jedi by the name of Celevon Edraven Erinos. He takes over for Yuki Suoh, who has been reassigned to an undisclosed mission. Ms Suoh has become a regular in the streets of Baime and we hope her reassignment is for the benefit of all.

For now, that’s all for our latest updates here on Solyiat. This is Vayda Vernic signing off for the Solyiat News Network. Thank you and have a good night!

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Greetings from your new(ish) Quaestor!

Although I’ll be drafting a full-fledged report soon, I’ll be giving an interim introduction here for those who might not know me - either our newer members or those unfamiliar with the alternate character names I’ve been using. First off, I’d like to thank Archenksova, who has moved up in the ranks to serve as Proconsul and Turel for selecting me for the role. Some might know me as either A’lora, Kasula or Morotheri (for those older members out there.) I originally served as Consul beside Turel, who served as Proconsul until I stepped down due to the workload of a full university schedule.

As for current plans - getting as many submissions into Desperate Measures as possible, of course! In the long-term, I will be focusing our efforts on expanding Daleem and the Houses’ lore, all while working closer with Turel and Arch to lessen the distinction between House and Clan fiction and events (crossovers are something I’ve seen in the comics, and I’m always a fan.) As someone with a keen insight on Kiast, I’ll be merging that knowledge with Clan Summit input, as well as the input of our members. The latter, I want to accomplish through canonical events that members can shape through their entries (I’m a huge fan of featuring winning entries as the official canon!)

However, with a Great Jedi War on the horizon, I’ll be coordinating with Turel (and possibly others) on future timelines for House events to avoid overlap. The grand war is upon us, gentlemen, and we’ll have to be readied for it.

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Bragging Rights

  • There are more than a few to go around for the first ever Herald tournament. Big kudos to Mako and Esca for their work on making this a reality, and congrats to Jasper for winning it. And, of course, thanks to all who participated: COU provided a whopping 40% of the participants,

  • Congrats to Moro for earning a sapphire blade for his exemplary work as P:Voice!

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Competition Spotlight

Desperate Measures

We saw some great activity in the first two weeks, but we've got to keep that momentum going!

Week 3 (May 22-29)
Group (Double Points) Don’t forget to finish these!

Competitions by and for COU Members

DB-wide Competitions of Note

  • Twelve Weeks a Haiku, Year 2 - #BestAiden's poetry comp returns. This is a great chance to do a competition type we don't see often, and rack up some INQ points in the process. Runs weekly through July 16.

  • Forbidden Fruits: Pretty Picture Time and A Tale of Two Cookies - Our Rollmistress has teamed up with Qyreia to deliver two delcious comps, one each for fiction and graphics. Runs through May 28.

  • Voice Dialogue Series: Three's Company - Practice your dialogue writing, get feedback from the Voice, and get bonus CIs for doing it. Submit by May 24.

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AskTurel

Jasper - #AskTurel Will I ever get to paint Pravus with flowers? Do droids dream of electric sheep? Where do we go when we daydream? What time is it if you're upside down? Do you like chocolate? Can we have a field trip? When do we get new flipflops?

Yes, yes, somewhere in the mindscape, the same time, love it, sure, gurrrl we goin’ shoppin’!

Aura - #askTurel if someone isn't in an official leadership position, do you have any advice for them to get leadership experience and become hokage?

(Arch fielded this one because he’s awesome like that) Contribute to the community. Like, it's great if you pound out 10k words of solo fiction every week and win all the crescents, but if you're not interacting with the rest of the clan you're basically just a number in a spreadsheet. If you game, game with Odanites. If you write, help others develop their characters and work them into your fiction. If you draw, draw flowers on everyone's chat avatar. Make friends. I have a short attention span. I wouldn't still be here if I were just grinding out comp submissions. I'm here because I have friends here. I still play Alethia because people like Vyr and Cable and Blade keep giving me interesting places to take the character. We're constantly fighting the attrition of real life. If you want new joins and current members to stick around, help build a family around them.

Tarvitz - #AskTurel If you would not mind answering this please, what, above all else, would you ask of Odan-Urr's members?

Have fun and be excellent to one another, the rest will follow. Our people is what makes COU the best Clan (though I may be biased). Find what you love to do and dive into that, but try to expand your horizons a little. You never know what you might enjoy. Vyr got me into doing art and stuff, which I need to do more of. We will always have a need for builders and leaders and if you enjoy those things or aren't sure where to start we'll be happy to help you.

Celevon - #AskTurel How did my character get to Kiast and get the job? Was he drunk enough to fall for the white van with the 'free candy' label on the side? :P

I feel like that would make an excellent report fiction.

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Special thanks to Alethia/Arch for his help in putting this report and our current clan event together. Get those entries in for the last stretch of Desperate Measures and have fun!

Turel Sorenn

Consul, Clan Odan-Urr

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Greetings all, Just wanted to drop a short note that after consultation between the FIST, his staff, and my staff, I've made the decision to sunset the Diablo 3 course. Drac and I feel that game-specific courses aren't the direction we...

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Greetings all,

Just wanted to drop a short note that after consultation between the FIST, his staff, and my staff, I've made the decision to sunset the Diablo 3 course. Drac and I feel that game-specific courses aren't the direction we want to go with the gaming SA courses, and so the course will be retired to the Wiki on or around June 1st. If you'd like to take it before then, better hop to it!

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City of Anta Kinan Sepros Orian System Life went about it’s normal hustle and bustle in this small city. The city was ancient, a leftover from the times of the Ekind. Most of the old structures had been razed and Humans had inhabited the city...

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Orian System

Life went about it’s normal hustle and bustle in this small city. The city was ancient, a leftover from the times of the Ekind. Most of the old structures had been razed and Humans had inhabited the city since the time of the arrival of the Dlarit Corporation. Anta Kinan was not a major Orian System player like the cities of Aeotheran and Tarthos. It was, however, home to a large number of persons associated with the Warhost military and support services that worked with them.

Frieta Kalam was a normal human. She worked in a refinery that re-processed used materials, a recyclery of sorts. The Orian Authority had wisely embarked on a program of reusing and recycling materials some years back in order to use their money and resources more efficiently. Frieta was proud of her job. The materials she reprocessed served many purposes including being used in infrastructure building and repair.

She took a second to regard the Gladim skyscraper that loomed at the center of the city. Although it was small she knew that things she had personally re-processed had been used to build it. She smiled at the thought. It was good to see first-hand effects of your work doing something positive. These were troubling times and with the recent disappearance of some of her coworkers any good thoughts were welcomed.

Just then an alarm sounded. She heard screams from out on the street. Frieta looked out of the exitway window and saw a horrible scene. Several monstrous creatures stepped out of a cargo container. They looked like humans that had been melted and put back together all wrong with metal and reptilian features. One of the abominations grabbed a nearby security officer, appearing to ignore the stunner bolts he fired at the beast. The creature tore the officer in half with an extra set of metallic arms it bore and threw the pieces aside casually. Gore spewed everywhere and the monstrosity roared in a mixed up mish mash of grunts and unintelligible Basic.

Frieta was in shock as she recognized the creature’s distorted face. Her supervisor had been one of the ones who had disappeared- and the monster before her looked very much like some sickening twisted replica of him as it rushed towards the plant entrance with bloody mayhem on it’s mind.


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Cenota Facility

Gamuslag

Sepros Orbit

Orian System

Macron closed the comlink connection to another part of the laboratory. “Jade has confirmed the tissue data.” A heavy aura hung in the air. “And the isotopic analyzer has completed it’s run.”

“And what are your conclusions?” asked Darkhawk as he looked down at the chemical analyzer.

“The isotope signatures and DNA match.” The statement hung in the air. “It was baradium from the Last Breath Mine on Sepros that blew up the transport.” The Alchemist looked pointedly at Darkhawk. “This is going to open a very ugly can of bore-worms along with Jade’s data. You are an experienced investigator Darkhawk. What is your take on this?”

“Truly.” The muscular Battlemaster looked perplexed as he stood over the mass detector analytical units. “The chemistry is beyond me, but deductive reasoning points to infiltrators and thieves.” The Sith thought carefully. “This could be symptomatic of serious corruption within our internal supply chain. As well as a ring of kidnappers. I’d suspect they are trying to destabilize our system in revenge.”

“Indeed. I’ve already sent word to Lord Ashen.” Macron sighed as he keyed a comlink on a secure Clan frequency. “Macron here. Consul Sanguinius, we have a serious problem. That baradium that blew the interdicted transport and our Marines to atoms was from our own mines.”

“I understand. I’m inclined to take your warning seriously.” Sanguinius considered the report and gestured towards someone off-screen.

The image of Sanguinius flickered slightly as Bentre stepped into view. “We’ve had reports of missing persons in the System’s population centers. Can you elaborate on that at all? We’ve had a report of an attack on Sepros in Anta Kinan as well by some creatures described as monsters.”

“My old Apprentice Jade was working on that issue, Proconsul. According to her analysis of the debris from the transport explosion there were cryogenic containers onboard containing live organs.” The Adept let that sink in before continuing. “From our citizens.” The madman chuckled evilly. “Some nasty being has been selling our people for spare parts. Or perhaps using them in some other way. This could be related to the Anta Kinan situation.”

“That’s rather disturbing.” Sanguinius’ image frowned. “I will take steps on my end to gather a team of Clan operatives and task them with tracking this down. In the meantime, investigate the source. Our Intelligence indicates that the exploded transport came from San Korinar. I’ve got someone working on finding where the T-65’s came from. So far it’s looking like the asteroid belt is likely.”

“Understood. Alchemist Out.” Macron turned to Darkhawk and spoke tersely. “We’re going to go investigate. I’ve got a Verpine contact who will be meeting us at the Zelden Zlas cantina in San Korinar. I’ve worked with him in the past extensively.”

“I thought most of the Verpine left the system?” Darkhawk asked as he and and Macron walked quickly towards the turbolift.

“Most did when Pravus laid our fleet low.” The madman gritted his metallic teeth in controlled anger. “Some stayed out of loyalty. They perceive our system as their Hive. The one I have in mind is a very skilled engineer with a penchant for explosives. He served as a General with the Warhost although he retired his commission recently. His nephew- if you can call them that given their biology- serves on that Corvette which intercepted the smugglers. I’d bet credits he has heard something.”



You have been warned. It is coming. As we are approaching the end of the Pirates of Aeotheran, another event comes to meet up shortly behind it! Hosted by our Crazed Alchemist, Macron and our own Darkhawk, it appears that another threat has arisen to endanger the Clan. If you like you can find a nice bit of prologue fiction if you have such an inclination. Seriously. Click right here.

Competitions contained with the over-arching competition will include: Designing a new NPC for Clan Naga Sadow, furthering the narrative in the event run-on , partaking in a kicking Poetry Slam, gaming with your fellows, proving your mastery of Sadowan trivia, and helping to further craft Sadowan lore by designing a floor plan for the Dentaavi facility. Don't wait too long, though- the event will be running just fifteen days. I for one can assure you that I will be taking part. It should be a real blast.

Remember, as always, that what makes this Clan great is all of you! I do want to give many thanks to Macron and Darkhawk for hosting the upcoming event, and thanks for all those who volunteered the use of their characters for inclusion in the prologue fiction. Let's rock Abomination like only Naga Sadow can, starting June 2nd!

(though don't let that keep you from taking part in Pirates of Aeotheran while you wait!)


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Introduction Evening space cowboys. It’s time for another Herald report! No fiction this time, but I promise next time there will be. This one is very late. Sorry about that but my schedule has been very busy lately with exams and RL work. But...

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Evening space cowboys. It’s time for another Herald report! No fiction this time, but I promise next time there will be.

This one is very late. Sorry about that but my schedule has been very busy lately with exams and RL work.

But enough of that, let’s start with the report.

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The Herald Tournament Shroud War

The Herald Graphics Tournament, “Shroud War”! has finished earlier this month with suprising success. Esca has already talked about it in his short address so i won’t talk about it much but I will give my opinions on the matter.

First off I’d like to congratulate Jasper Arlow, Atiyru Arconae and Zujenia on their wins in the Tournament. Great entries all round.

So, in my opinion, despite the large amount of byes we went through, the event itself was successful. There was plenty of interest if not enough time or will to go through with it. That’s hopefully something we can change in the future. I’ll talk more about that in my Ask the Herald section, as there were a few well worded questions on the topic.

As far as the Tournament, yeah I personally expected a lot of byes and a lot of unfinished entries, but it was a test. We wanted to see if there would be interest, and we were not disappointed. That said, we will be making several changes to the concept, tweaking it a bit for the next time we do a tournament. We have gotten some good feedback from participants that we will take to heart and make it an even better experience next time.

As far as the byes and such, I’m not really worried. Real talk? Graphics, unlike fiction or gaming, is subject to much more self-criticism and embarrassment when a person’s art is “not good”. Anyone can write a story, have it read and improved by several people and learn a lot from those improvements. That’s how fiction works. Gaming as well, when you spend enough time playing. But for graphics and art the best you can have are critiques and those are often harsh and painful to hear, but they are useful and important anyway.

Art and graphics cannot be forced of rushed, to be perfectly honest I expect the development of the graphics and art community will be a huge endeavor which will expand far into the future and it will take several Heralds to help develop it. These are your first steps, as good old Obi-Wan said, and I fully expect all of you to eventually embrace the artist inside you, if you indeed find one.

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Staff changes

Momma Zehsaa leaves the staff

Zehsaa has left the staff shortly before being admitted to hospital and giving birth to a beautiful baby. This was always the plan as I didn’t really expect her to continue. Momma bear needs to take care of her cub. For her amazing work, though, she has received a Sapphire Blade and my gratitude. She has been and is an excellent artist and a hard worker. Thank you Z, and congrats on little Z!

Esca leaves the staff

Esca (aka Arcia aka C’ree) has been my Praetor since January 4th 2016. In that role he was my best critic and one of the best artists we’ve had in the staff, as well as becoming a personal friend of mine. His insight and wit have shaped this Staff as much as mine as he often presented ideas that conflicted with mine and made me stop and think. He also voiced his opinion whenever I asked for it and has generally been an excellent right hand. I’m sad that he’s leaving but RL takes precedence and he has opted to leave rather than drag out his future projects and work. For his work he has already earned a Sapphire Blade and my eternal gratitude and friendship.

I will not be opening Praetor applications at this time. It takes a specific kind of person to be my Praetor so when the time comes, I will announce them personally and appoint one.

Bale joins the crew

Since Zehsaa left the Magistrate position was vacated. After applications I’ve decided to hire Bale (aka Cyris) as a Magistrate due to his experience and knowledge. He was a former Herald years ago and has developed a plethora of the graphics we use today (see: Award graphics). I wish him the best of luck and may God rest his soul :P

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April-May 2017 release

Second release of this year. Hope you guys enjoy the new skins.

NOTE: They will be uploaded tomorrow morning. I’ve had to release my report tonight while James is available to upload in the morning, sorry for that. They’ll be online tomorrow.

Weapons:

Item 1: Longsword- Available for JM4+

Made by: C’ree

Item 2: CA-87 Shock Blaster - Available for JM4+

Robes

Item 3: Training gard robes - Available to all JM1+

Made by: Zehsaa Hysh

Accessories

Item 5: Merr-Sonn JT-12 - Available for JM4+

Made by: Rian Taldrya

Item 5: Mitrinomon Z-6 - Available for EQ1+

Made by: Rian Taldrya

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Herald survey - reminder!

Everyone loves surveys! Not really, but this one is necessary.

We've created a survey that you can fill in and, hopefully, influence what way future graphics in the Club move forward. We're looking for honest opinions, so type in anything you can think of that you consider important.

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Warbanners, Custom Robes, Custom Weapons and Requests

Let’s start with:

Custom Weapons

By Rian:

  • Darro Zhen
  • Abadeer Tassi
  • Laren Uscot


Custom Robes

By Zehsaa:

  • Xen’Mordin


Warbanners

By Rian:

  • Firith'rar J.Versea-Stormwind
  • Solas Night-Thorn
  • Vosiri Lightscrest
  • Scarlet Agna
  • Antonai
  • Aul Celsus
  • Talis DeMorte

By Mako:

  • Xenna Azara

By Vyr:

  • Jasper Arlow

Graphics Requests

By Rian:

  • Blade Ta’var

By Vyr:

  • Evelyn Wyrm

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There’s a Form for that

DB Art Community Telegram Group

If you’re interested in joining the TG group and sharing your art, be sure to click the image below:

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Ask the Herald

Fetured questions

Laren asks: #AsktheHerald There exist those of us who are not as inclined toward the visual arts as others (and that's okay!), including myself. What recommendations, ideas, or suggestions can you give to members who lack confidence in their abilities, but want to attempt more complex artistic endeavours, for example competitions or character art?

Great question. Again, I hope the SA exams will help with this, but my honest suggestion is: try. Try drawing everything, every style and everything you find appealing. The moment you find some style or something you really enjoy drawing it'll stick so you'll start drawing more. That's how I started, honestly.


Nero asks: #asktheherald If a non-hrld member wanted to submit a design to be added to the selector, how would they go about doing it?

Send me an email with the design. We can discuss it. If it passes, we can add it with the next release, or whichever one has a free spot.



Qor asked: #AsktheHerald New Saberstaves?

Sure, probably in the next release. We’re trying to populate the selector with weapons for NFUs and ranged-based FUs and such so that’s why so many blasters and such. We’ll get back to sabers soon.


Alara asked: #AsktheHerald what would you recommend to an aspiring artist hoping to help with projects in the DJB?

Try out making Warbanners or sabers in whatever graphics program you use. Send those to me in mail so I can give you feedback. Hopefully the new SA exams will help with this even more. Don't be afraid to contact me, personally, if you want feedback.


Rhylance asks: #AsktheHerald have you guys ever done a shoto curved hilt custom?

No, I don't think we have. Interesting idea. Might add them to the list for one of the next saber releases.


Edema asks: #Asktheherald, has a custom sabre ever been designed with a baton style side handle

You mean a tonfa? Not that I know of and probably won’t, considering it’s a very specific and unique style of saber. Eventually, maybe, if they get added to Possessions. But that brings along a whole new set of problems for CSs and such.


Mark asks: #asktheherald Will custom possession images ever be possible? Or could we just do this through the Wiki for things like ships?

Likely not, considering there are thousands of them already. They're not important enough to be custom. Wiki is your best bet


Armad asks: #AsktheHerald How come there are not more curved hilt designs available?

Never really had too many people ask in my time. There are a few, though. Lately we've been focusing on different kinds of weapons with the advent of Possessions.


Abadeer asks: #AsktheHerald what is your favorite art to do for the DB, and what is your least favorite?

Favorite? Robes, usually. They're varied and fun. Least? Logos. I hate doing logos. Logos are the devil.


Nero asks: #asktheherald Will there be an update to the warbanner Psd file to include the new rails for elder/dc to learn/play with?

Those are custom, really. Or should be. So Elders and DC can request anything. Look at Bale's WB. So probably won't be available publically


Malik asks: #asktheherald when do we get the lightsabers from Rebels that lets us fly? :P

Never. ¯_(ツ)_/¯


Rhylance asks: #AsktheHerald are the blaster/ lightsabers like what Ezra had in rebels ever going to be a thing?

Is sekrit. Shhhh.


Malik asks: #asktheherald (if it's not too late) if I buy a set of custom robes in possessions, will they then be tied to a specific set or would I be able to request a change for them at a later date? Or would that require me to purchase a new set?

For now, you don’t have to own them. Later on when we implement the new system, you will have to have a set of custom robes to show them off on your dossier. Considering the credit values of robes, I think the plan was to own one set in Possessions and then order any amount of skins for them. It’s not set in stone, though. I’ll have to talk more to James and Evant.

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Commission artists and Artist Feature

This report, and several of the ones to come, I would like to feature Brotherhood artists.

This time it's: Abadeer Tasii. Check out the devArt page, like, share, enjoy. Our artists are awesome and they need support. Next time I’ll feature someone else.

Closing word

That’s it for now, folks. This is your friendly neighborhood Herald, signing out.

See you, space cowboys!

Van Halen - Unchained

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Behold! It is I once again! I'm on a long weekend this, well, weekend...so I'll make this brief and informative! While I got you reading the intro, there are other far more important reports out there right now for your purview, so...

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Behold! It is I once again! I'm on a long weekend this, well, weekend...so I'll make this brief and informative! While I got you reading the intro, there are other far more important reports out there right now for your purview, so I'll link to them for ease of use:

Well now, if you're still here then you are one of the ACC inclined. Or you're just into writing and you like the tips I have here. Perhaps you really like me?! (Let's not kid ourselves here :p)

I'm going to be leading off with the monthly ACC Intel drop, but then we have some things that are important! Namely, some members have noticed what might be referred to as "weirdness" regarding their character sheets. Illumination shall be provided! And to do so, we need to charge into the material below.

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Table of Contents
  1. ACC Intel
  2. Why Is My Sheet...
  3. Got A Venue?
  4. ACC Tips
  5. Ask the CM
  6. Important Links

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ACC Intel

Have you ever heard the tale of Darth Plagueis the Wise? No? How 'bout Kelly Mendes? If not, you're about to. Our Intel this month focuses on her escapades. Thanks for your activity and we look forward to more!

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Why Is My Sheet...

Showing outdated info? Because of stuff and things! Mostly, there has been a bit of a disconnect between sheets and dossiers now that Snapshots and NPCs are implemented in the system. That means your sheet could still show you as a member of Clan Scholae Palatinae when you're now a member of Clan Naga Sadow. Or, perhaps, you changed your name. Well, your character sheet still shows the old one!

Le gasp!

How do we change this ghastly inconsistency, oh Master of Combat? Rejoice, for it is simple, naive! You just gotta activate a new sheet whenever you change any of the dossier level stuff. Examples include but may not be limited to: gender, name, unit, and/or path!

It's a minor annoyance, and one we weren't fully aware of until recently. Due to how often it's come up in a short timespan, figured we'd drop a mention of it in this here report. It doesn't overly affect many outside the Snapshot system, but it can be confusing when you glance over someone's character sheet and it doesn't match what it should!

Now you know, it's in a book, and knowing is half the battle. Reading GI Joe Rainbow, yo.

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Got A Venue?

Then we want to hear about it! Especially you. Yes, you. The person over there standing in the ashes of your previous venues and need to be replacing them. (stare at Scholae Palatinae and Taldryan intensifies) This isn't to say that an every day member can't contribute a venue idea, but in the early stages of the Venue Review, this is the most lacking of areas. Please keep in mind, though, that any Clan-based venues should be approved by your Consul first.

So, if you're going to send in your idea then you may want a template to follow. Might as well give you one to get an idea. Typically, we're looking for at least one image and two paragraphs worth of content. But, here are the basics:

Name: [Planet]:[Location]

Images: [Source] - [link]

Description: [Words and stuff]

Then you email it to [Log in to view e-mail addresses] and we'll review it for addition! Of course, the ACC/Voice team reserves the right to re-word anything that comes across our desk or enhance it, but a base certainly makes our life easier.

Some needs that we've identified are, mostly, neutral areas. For instance, we need a few more cantinas that are Human friendly. It wouldn't hurt to throw in some more historical and iconic locations either. For instance, I'm adapting the Malachor ruins from Rebels as a new edition. We'll see what others the team comes up with, but we're open to input!

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ACC Tips

Using Venues

Venues! I feel like I just talked about them, yet here we go again. Except it's a bait and switch! The subject is the same but the topic is new. More or less, when writing an ACC match it is pretty easy to focus on yourself and your opponent. However, there is a third character involved in this match and it ain't an NPC! It's the venue itself.

Each of these have been written with the intent of having a personality of their own. They are alive in the sense that the world around you is alive. There are other people going on about their day-to-day experience around you no matter where you are. So why narrow your focus to the point it becomes lost?

For some of us, this becomes easier. Those who rely on character archetypes that interact with the environment more than others will be thinking this way from the beginning. Sokan users comes to mind for this. The venue is a weapon they have to utilize. There's nothing stopping anyone else from doing it, however. Perhaps there is a crowd? Use that. Try to get lost in it or threaten them. Maybe the bird-rat you're fighting is deathly afraid of the vast void that is space and you just happen to be in a hangar? Open the window.

What I'm saying is, the venue is another tool to be used. It has life and can add to the experience. The same fight won't flow the same way in two different places. It really can't unless they are both empty arenas. We try to avoid that.

So, pay attention to the venue description. The Savannah is a good example. It mentions apex predators and other subtleties such as that. Look at it like Chekhov's Gun. Why mention it if you aren't going to use it? Create external threats beyond the obvious. Branch out and have some fun with it. Who knows what might happen.

Integration of Aspects

This is a delicate balance and I daresay easier said than done. Masterful use of Aspects within a match can earn you props from the Judge and a more favorable score. That's something you want to happen, naturally, but you can run into problems if that's all you're thinking about. It becomes "painting by numbers" instead of an organic feeling story. That's obvious to the reader.

So, what's the path we are to take on this? How do we integrate aspects while making things feel natural?

I don't have all the answers, but the first thing you're going to want to do is to familiarize yourself with it. Remember that an Aspect describes how a member goes about doing things. That's the first clue to what you should be writing. It's a blueprint for success. If you have someone with an affinity for manipulation, they are going to benefit from a venue that has more onlookers than another one would. Often they should at least make an attempt in this regard, and it will come across natural.

You don't want to hammer people over the head though. That means you should be looking for subtle integration. If someone is a berserker, you want to make hints to it throughout. Most likely anger issues or having to hold back from losing control. Foreshadow what is to come and then unleash it! General Aspects, on the other hand, are a bit harder to touch on. So don't force it. You got someone who's an intergalactic drifter and doesn't stay in place too long? That's fine. Maybe mention that they're beginning to feel antsy and it might be time to move on. That's the end of it, though. Don't keep hammering the point home.

It's really the same as the "Show, don't tell" philosophy. Don't tell me that a member has +4 Might and is therefore stronger than Mr. +2 Might. Same thing goes for Aspects. They should be describing how to write something, not dictating the exact terms to be used.

Duelist, for instance, is a simple Combat Aspect. It's all about focused one on one training. You can integrate that easily. You can make mention of how they seemed zoned in on their target, how they react to the movements and adjust. Simple things like that. You never have to say, "Atra is a duelist."

I mean, you can, but it needs to be for flow and style. Don't be too blunt.

Hopefully that clears this up at least a little bit. It comes down to practice and repetition. Never be disheartened if you aren't getting it immediately. Eventually, the pieces will just click in your mind.

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Ask the CM

Turel asks:

Will the GJW ACC use a modified rubric? (e.g. one that emphasizes combat over story)

As far as I'm aware, there are no plans to alter the rubric. However, it is important to remember that in an ACC match, the combat IS the story. It isn't a matter of one over the other. Because we are dealing with word caps, often people might feel like the onus is put to the first member to throw out combat in favor of creating the story for the conflict. That's something we realize and we hope to structure this event in such a way that a thorough "backstory" isn't as required. The focus should be on the conflict between these characters.

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V'yr asks:

When will we see new venues and are there any ideas or plans to make some unique ones?

When the review concludes! Which will have some brakes put on it when the Great Jedi War hits. Obviously, we'll all be busy little beavers! The review includes looking at the number of "types" of venues. They're broken into tropical, industrial, temple, ruins, so on and so forth. We're trying to add more unique flavors in each of these categories. If you have an idea, feel free to pop back up to the venue section of this report and put something together!

Kelly asks:

Any advice for people who get assigned to venues of other clans when not matched with a member of said clan? Are there any plans to prevent the aforementioned scenario from occurring?

Hope you don't get first post? Joking aside, it's going to take some research. Hopefully, the venue description has enough information that you can set up a conflict there, but it won't hurt to check out any wiki based information that may be available. As for prevention, currently only venues that are marked in a specific way get picked by the "auto" selector in Open Challenge. However, there is nothing preventing "Random Venue" from picking one of these as there is no code in place to prevent "random selection" of a venue. Given it involves coding, it isn't the highest of priorities at this time though that could change in the future.

Evelynn asks:

Is space acc still on pause?

Mmmyup. And may get a further pause with the War hitting us soon(tm). The biggest thing holding this back is that, to do it properly, we need to make some coding changes. That's always a big "eeeeeehhhhh" from a project planning perspective because we don't want to waste Seneschal time or that of his staff. That's part of why I'm brushing up on Ruby On Rails in order to offer assistance, especially when it comes to projects I'm working on. This is something that's wanted, but stands to be as niche as Funderdome is right now. It will come, just not as fast as people may want.

Levi asks:

Will ACC co-op battles with predetermined enemies and challenges be reintroduced any time soon?

Mostly the same answer as above. To do it right, we need to make some coding changes. Primarily, to separate Scenario venues from the standard fair. That's the most basic of implementations. My ideal world is a touch more complicated but the coding just isn't there and I'm not sure I want to ask for it. The worth needs to be weighed. Anyhow, yeah it will come...just not soon.

Alethia asks:

Any suggests for how people who aren't so good at Syntax can improve?

Grammarly is a good first step but it can only take you so far. I'm a big fan of Grammar Girl. Mostly, it's due to the way she breaks topics down in a super easy to understand way. It's a great resource and good for learning.

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ACC Exams

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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Dark Brotherhood News - When in doubt contact the FIST! Ok as a small departure from my normally fun opening message I’m just going to highlight a big mental note for every member of the gaming community and in the DJB at large. If you have a...

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Dark Brotherhood News - When in doubt contact the FIST!

Ok as a small departure from my normally fun opening message I’m just going to highlight a big mental note for every member of the gaming community and in the DJB at large. If you have a question about something, unsure of the rules or if you hear/see something that seems shady contact the FIST staff immediately. We are here to help you and answer your questions. There is nothing more enjoyable for us than to be able to review your submissions and get them approved ASAP. What we don’t enjoy is bringing the hammer down on anyone but we will when we have to. So as a reminder all our contact information is at the end of this report, please use it at anytime we are here for you.

Unfortuantely the staff have found issues that as you are all aware ranging from Destiny Raiding, Diablo 3 on consoles and Gorefest submissions. These are all serious topics so please read these notices and if you have any questions please contact us right away!

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News for Gamers

Unfortunately in the gaming world actually real news about upcoming games will start to dry up a a little. Why you may ask well you see with the E3 expo coming up June 13th to the 15th, most companies wait till then to announce their biggest news of the year. In the meantime I’ll give you what tidbits I do have for now. Feel free to follow IGN’s latest info and coverage of the the event HERE

  • Of course the biggest game we are all keeping an eye on is Star Wars: Battlefront 2, released a new video going into depth on the new “hero” of the game Iden Versio. Check it out here. I hope E3 gives me plenty of new stuff to report on but in the meantime we all just have to hope on this one.

  • So Heroes of the Storm 2.0 went live right after my last report went up and the new loot box system and other cosmetic changes are definitely fresh and fun. With the new version comes changes to the map rotation and the newest hero Overwatch’s D.Va.

  • It’s time for Overwatch’s 1 year anniversary which will have a event kick off on May 23rd to June 12th Trailer. Full details of the event are not known yet but there are rumors of new skins, maps and other goodies. Along with a OW game of the year edition for those of us that don’t already own the game. Which if you don’t there will be a Play for FREE weekend from May 26 to the 29th. If you have it on PS4/Xbox and want to try the PC version this is your chance!

  • Bungie released 7 mins of Destiny 2 Gameplay and other game details today. IGN has all the details. I will also leave up the information on the Beta test and as of now only preorders are getting that privilege. If there will be a open beta or other ways to get in on it we will have to keep you posted. In the meantime, keep an eye on the Destiny 2 Beta site for any updates!

  • Amazingly Destiny 2 will be available through blizzard’s Battle.net service as well when it hits on PC after it releases on consoles first.

Gaming Deals - A place where if I find a good sale I’ll pass it along.

  • IGN has a nice Deals page which lists some of the web’s biggest gaming deals.

  • Also Reddit has a gaming sales page.

  • Good Old Games is a good site to find older games for a good price. Every now and then the Old Star Wars games do go on sale so keep an eye out.

  • Steam as always has something on SALE, including the old SW games as well. BTW if you're not already in the DJB Steam group let us know.

  • Humble Bundle has a Indie Bundle

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Important FIST Information

Below are all the links you will ever need to either contact the FIST staff, join a gaming channel, look up a rule or game mode cluster value. I will update this as needed with each report.

  • Rites of Combat - is the place to find all the rules for gaming in the DJB.
  • FIST-o-matic - a quick guide on how to use the Telegram fistbot.
  • Pendant of Blood - how to earn PoB’s.
  • Cluster Tables - is the place to find out what game mode offerr what Cluster (Earth and Fire) value.
  • Tier 1 and Teir 2 games - os the complete list of all our approved game AND SAMPLE SCREENSHOTS! Not sure what shot to submit look HERE!
  • Don’t forget we have our very own Teamspeak Server. It’s a great way to voice chat with your fellow members and also a great way to communicate when gaming. Check out the details.

  • Just log on using this information - Server Address: ts.djb.club and the password is DJBrulez1

How to contact the FIST staff anytime using these methods:

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Hi Everyone, We have had a rash of rather questionable gaming activity lately that includes suspect Diablo submissions, suspect screenshot submission, and members submitting gaming activity for Gorefest from gaming that happened prior to the...

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Hi Everyone,

We have had a rash of rather questionable gaming activity lately that includes suspect Diablo submissions, suspect screenshot submission, and members submitting gaming activity for Gorefest from gaming that happened prior to the competitions start.

We have been extremely patient and lenient with some of these behaviors, but due to the increased volume of incidents, I am going to ask the Fist to pass all upcoming issues immediately to the JST.

This is simple folks. It is the good dude rule. If you are doing things that could be interpreted as exploitive to our gaming systems, you need to stop. At the very least you need to engage Drac to determine if your sketch-ass-behavior is cheating.

Please see the note below from Drac reference our latest and completely unacceptable behavior.

"Hey folks, need you to impress this on your gamers: it is absolutely NOT acceptable to submit stuff for Gorefest that was played prior to the start of the event. I just had someone submit a shitload of screenshots for stuff played on the 13th. Gorefest started today. The 13th was five days ago. No bueno."

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Dark Brotherhood, I want to thank everyone for the great participation on our May the Fourth competitions. The events were fun, short, and we saw a lot of creative submissions. Especially those of you who trolled my beloved Darth Pravus....

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Dark Brotherhood,

I want to thank everyone for the great participation on our May the Fourth competitions. The events were fun, short, and we saw a lot of creative submissions. Especially those of you who trolled my beloved Darth Pravus.

Amazingly, we had a tie for the overall competition winner. Congratulations to Adept Malik Sadow of Clan Naga Sadow and Battlemaster Kookimarissia Mimosa-Inahj of Clan Taldryan. The two winners will both receive a custom set of robes from our Herald staff.

Once again, thanks to everyone who participated.

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Hello and welcome to my 7th report as Voice of the Brotherhood. In this report, I will talk about some cool new things and cover the following: Table of Contents * New Exam: Run-On Studies! * New Competitions: Fictions! * New Feature: Non-Player...

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Hello and welcome to my 7th report as Voice of the Brotherhood. In this report, I will talk about some cool new things and cover the following:

Table of Contents
  1. New Exam: Run-On Studies!
  2. New Competitions: Fictions!
  3. New Feature: Non-Player Characters!
  4. New Quick Review: “Thrawn” - Timothy Zahn
  5. New Species: Devildudes and Murder Teddies!
  6. Voice Project Status/Updates.
  7. Final Thoughts

History is important, and those who forget it or refuse to learn from it are doomed to repeat it or fail. That said, forward thinking is what will keep the Brotherhood going. So in the wise words of a character in a TV Show: always forward, forward always.

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News

Here is the latest news from the Voice’s Office. I wanted to give a quick shoutout to my team. Congratulations to my Praetor, Moro, on his Sapphire Blade, Atty on her Steel Cross, and Justinios on his Anteian Cross. They are hard working individuals and allow me to focus on the larger scale projects and issues that come up as Voice. Make sure to thank them, as they are the ones getting down and dirty with your Character Sheets and competitions.

Combat Master Atra Ventus is also an important part of the Voice team, and carries not only my unwavering trust, but my confidence in his abilities to manage his own team while assisting me with my tasks. He will be rewarded in time, but for now, I am going to share Alaris’ winning tweet from the May the 4th competition.

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(Seriously, I need this in Telegram Sticker form. ...Atra, fix it!)

Run-On Studies Exam

The first exam of my Writing Studies Department rewrite is now complete. I want to thank Wuntila and Kul for their initial help on the draft, but wanted to isolate Dek Ironius for really stepping up and carrying the torch for this exam. I left a lot of notes and Dek patiently waded through them all and made the necessary revisions. This resulted in not just a new, informative exam, but also a new, comprehensive guide to creating and setting up a Run-On competition. I’ve gone ahead and awarded Dek an Anteian Cross for his work on this exam and as an extension of the Voice Staff as a freelance helper.

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Check out the new Run-On wiki article here.

Once you’ve read that over, and are feeling bold, check out the new exam here!

As with any new exam, I will be closely monitoring this one. The exam, like many of the others I’ve designed, is multiple choice based and therefore auto-graded. The idea is, and will continue to be, to get members to read documentation and understand the material, so if the questions seem straightforward or a bit boring, that is intentional. I don’t see the merit in adding trick questions. By completing the exam, my hope is to cut down on remands and confusion I’ve seen in members either trying to set up, run, or compete in Run-On competitions.

Let us know what you think. Next up will be a very similar Fiction Studies exam. After that, we’ll be looking at more specific exams that cover the actual writing and techniques that go into a Run-On or Fiction.

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May the 4th Be With You

The DC is working on finalizing the last details of the Celebration: May the 4th Be With You! competition. For the fiction section, we had a whopping 19 entries for this one. I left individual feedback on each entry, but I enjoyed reading all of these. It was an honor to celebrate a mutual appreciation and love of the Star Wars universe with you all. Bonus Clusters have been awarded to all who competed, and I appreciate everyone who did so.

You can view the results of the competition here, but I wanted to give a shout out to the top five: Atra, Vodo, Maenaki, Tali, and Xantros, and Tarvitz!

DB Wide Fiction Competitions

There are a lot of exciting competitions going on right now. I wanted to highlight (#shamelessplug) the Voice Dialogue Series, as it will not only award Bonus Clusters of Ice, but is a great opportunity to flush out your shiny new NPCs and practice your dialogue writing. Check out Part III: Three's Company

I’d also like to highlight one of my Magistrate (of course it’s Atty’s) competition: "My Favorite Color is Dead Parents". This is an example of an idea for a competition spawning from Fiction Chat conversation. If you haven’t joined, now's a great time! Click here if you’d like to join the DB Fiction chat!

That said, here are the other great DB Wide competitions we have going on.

Thank you to newly appointed BTL Lucine Vasano for rounding up these competitions for me and putting them nice and neatly into Markdown. I appreciate it :D

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Non-Player Character Slots

In my 9th Voice Update, I talked about our newly launched feature: NPC Character Slots!. This project has gotten incredibly positive feedback, and I honestly don’t have much else to say on them. I personally enjoyed buying possessions that I never would have touched thanks to my main character’s specialized focus on weapons and equipment. It was cool to look at all the different explosive-thingy’s, and pew-pews. Please continue to let us know what you think, and thanks again to everyone who helped make it happen.

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Quick Book Review: Thrawn

So, I’m going to give this a shot. Reading and keeping up with the new Star Wars books isn’t required of the Voice position, but do I enjoy and try my best to do so. I’ve read multiple Star Wars books over the past year, including the Rogue One prequel — Catalyst — and the novelization. I was honestly ready to take a break from SW books for a bit, but then remembered that there was a new book coming out I was excited about.

Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn

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When I was first getting into the DB, and asked some of the older veterans what I should start reading to get more familiar with Star Wars, the universal answer was almost always: “Zahn. Just read Zahn’s books.” I dove right into the Thrawn Trilogy, and was immediately pulled into Star Wars in a way I hadn’t been before. While I’d jumped around to a few different series in the Legends EU (X-Wing, NJO, Courtship because it had Hapan in it, and a few others) it wasn’t until I read the Thrawn Trilogy that SW seemed to come to life, and make me really want to be part of the universe. He took some of my favorite characters from the movies and gave them character. Luke’s struggles with being the “savior” of the universe, Leia’s deals with her never-ending task of fixing the Galaxy, and Han somehow barrels headfirst through every single challenge and comes out more or less unharmed. Zahn introduced characters like Talon Karrde and Mara Jade. He also gave me the first Star Wars villain other than Palpatine that I genuinely respected. You somehow almost rooted for him, even though you knew he was clearly the bad guy.

Fast forward to 2017. While a lot of clamor has been made about the separation between Legends and the new Canon, Zahn was asked to write an origin story about the character he had once created to terrorize the heroes of the original saga.

Thrawn starts with the arrival of exiled Chiss by the name of Mitth'raw'nuruodo on a remote planet found by the Empire. The book then follows "Thrawn" on his rise to becoming a Grand Admiral in the Imperial Navy. We also learn more about the cast of characters that accompany him on this journey, and get a really thorough look into the politics and strategies of the Galactic Empire that I don’t think gets covered much in the main storylines. The story builds on Thrawn’s legacy by organically showing all of his successes and the obstacles he faces. For those that might have thought his “strategy through art” was a bit Mary-sue and overpowered, I think this novel does a very good job of showing just how unique and talented Thrawn is as a critical thinker. Every time he says “Consider” at the beginning of a sentence, you start feel yourself smirk as you know he’s about to drop some introspection that literally no one else thought of. His genius comes from his lateral thinking, his utter devotion to studying and anticipating his opponent, and his ability to unflinchingly make decisions with a cool head. It really creates a believable prodigy of a character that we know can grow to be a powerful antagonist for the heroes of the Star Wars universe.

When speaking at Star Wars Celebration, Zahn said that he already knew Thrawn’s origin story, and also knew that he had to end with his appearance and arrival in Season 3 of Star Wars: Rebels. With that knowledge tucked away, I was still very much surprised and delighted with how Zahn managed to tie everything together. I think this is very important because it really does show the Lucas Story Group's dedication to empowering its writers while also maintaining continuity throughout all its Canon mediums. This will, in the long term, I think, give us better and more enjoyable content.


Speaking of the Del Ray panel at Star Wars Celebration: it was really cool. Disney is all-in on creating more Star Wars for us, so expect to see a lot of it. I was fortunate enough to discover author Delilah P. Dawson, who wrote a short novel about Bazine Netal, the undercover mercenary that reports BB8’s arrival to Maz’s Castle in The Force Awakens. It’s a short novel, but I’d highly recommend checking out The Perfect Weapon short story. Really cool NFU perspective from a spy/Infiltrator archetype. I’m also a major fanboy of Delilah now after hearing about her process as a writer at one of her panels. She will also be tackling the new Phasma novel set to drop in the fall.

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New Species

Devaronian

I tend to call them “Devildudes” in chat originally because I couldn’t remember the proper spelling, and at this point I just like it better. That said, Devaronians were added for multiple requests by members, as well as a pre-existing proposal that had been ready to be implemented but was lost in the shuffle transition between Evant and I. Beyond that, I believe firmly that Devaronian provides an easily identifiable and unique additional Species to add to our collection.

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Devildudes (and dudettes) are now live in the Character Sheet system. Have at them.

Ewok

Ewok are probably one of the most identifiable aliens in mainstream Star Wars. The original reason we never had them as a species was issues with smaller species. Thanks to Aleena being added in, we’ve seen that we can make them work thanks to each Species' unique feats. Three members approached me about having characters be Ewok, and the proposal met all my criteria for adding a new Species. I also think that with the addition of NPCs, this will become one of our more popular and more used Species. Time will tell, but for now, check out the Wiki article for Ewok.

UPDATE: After reviewing some feedback, it's been decided that we will treat Ewok similar to Wookiee's in that they will be granted Galactic Basic as a language by default. This allows them to understand the language but does not enable them to speak it.

If we see a Canon example of the Ewok speaking in Basic or broken-Basic like in the EU, we will update the Wiki to reflect these changes. Thanks.

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Murder Teddy Bears will be available in the Character Sheet system shortly. Pun partially intended.

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Projects

Between the Voice Staff and my additional helpers, here is an outline of the projects I’m currently working on:

Inquisitorius Update

Status: Development

This is more of a personal project for me as Voice. Outside of what we will be looking to set up and establish for the GJW plotline, the Inquisitorius is meant to be a long-running fictional identity within the Dark Jedi Brotherhood. With that in mind, I want to try and move the INQ away from the pseudo Gestapo theme and transform them more into a network of professional contractors and covert agents that are loyal to the Throne, but not necessarily to the Grand Master. While not a major revamp, this slight shift should help allow members an easier way to work the Inquisitorius into their character. That said, it will never be perfect. No system we deploy in the Dark Brotherhood will be perfect. This goes for most projects. We try hard to make everything as all inclusive as possible, but keep in mind we are still the Dark Brotherhood. That means that certain liberties and creativity will be welcome from those who want to follow their own or a different path.

I am also working on a new kind Fiction Activity that I’m calling the “Arx Mission Center” for now. This is a major work in progress and is part of my personal project I’m developing alongside Great Jedi War prep. More details to follow when I have them.


Arx

Status: Complete

The backend for the Dark Brotherhood’s new home has been completed and approved by the Grand Master. We are just finalizing and working on a few more details that will most likely have to do with the upcoming Great Jedi War. I am excited to share Arx with everyone, so please continue to be patient :).


Writing Studies Revamp

Status: Active Development.

I’ve been tasked with updating/fixing up the Writing Studies department. As with previous exams, I’ll be re-working almost everything, and tend to go for a ground-up solution. I have a bunch of talented people I trust working with me on this, and the final result will be put through Laren and Farrin before being finalized. I will share more details on this as they are more readily available. Please note that as a result of recent changes from the Headmaster, Writing Studies courses are being handled by the SA staff, not the Voice staff.

As featured above, the new Run-On Studies exam is the first exam to be completed under this directive. Make sure to leave feedback to both the SA and Voice teams.

As I mentioned previously, once the department re-write is finalized, I will assign a Professor to oversee the exams. This means that the Voice staff is involved in the re-writes, but ultimately the exams won’t fall on the staff who have other duties.


Canon Character Guidelines

Status: Active Development.

I’ve delegated a few NPC Character Sheets out to members of my teams. My goal with these is to demonstrate how characters we see in New Canon would work or exist in the Brotherhood Character Sheet system. You can track progress on this, and see a snapshot of how each Canon Character stacks up, here on the Canon Character Guidelines article. We also outline some good tips on how to perceive “power levels” in the DB Character Sheet system. Please keep in mind these are for reference only, and subject to updates/changes based on changes to the character in new and developing Canon.


Iron Legion / Navy

Status: Development.

The DC is working on flushing out the DC’s fleet, known as the Iron Navy. Right now we have a shell Wiki article, and more information will be flushed out as we get closer to war. Keep in mind that as we go about our timeline for unit storylines, the Iron Legion doesn’t have an infinite pool of resources. We don’t specifically define it, but just try and keep in mind that there probably aren't three ISD’s just laying around. Everything the Iron Navy has is probably active and in use, with some extra smaller ships probably in construction that would potentially make interesting targets or points of interest.

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Wait, hold on, what was that...did you say War?

So, you’ve heard the whispers, the echos of encroaching conflict. Drums in the deep, and so on. All I can say, right now, is that it’s true. All of it. Great Jedi War XII is coming, and it’s going to be legend, wait for it

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Final Thoughts

—Dary! Legendary. Keep your eyes peeled for a Grand Master report soon with more information on the upcoming War. Just know that the DC is hard at work on the planning phases and it’s about to get real, yo.

...as you can see, I’m a bit tired, and this report took about two full evenings to write. To be fair, there was a lot to cover, but I just wanted to finish with something I have been talking about the last two days in various chats.

Decision-making is part of my job as a Dark Councilor. I didn’t get here by accident. I worked my way from the bottom as a project assistant, weaseled my way into a Magistrate position, then worked my way up and made myself an asset. I’ve been working with and for the DB’s fiction systems for a very long time, and while you are not going to agree with everything I say or enforce, know that it comes with the full understanding of the intended design of the systems themselves. I communicate with Sarin and Mav directly, and both are former Voices that understand the challenges I tend to face. In short, no decisions are made on impulse or without consulting or running things by my teams. I also talk about my personal experience and involvement with the Voice office because I hope it can, at the very least, give some direction or hope to aspiring members or younger leaders in the club. Don't be afraid to step up and volunteer to help make changes. Even if you're starting on the simple small things, I firmly believe that hard work will ultimately rise to the top. So my overall advice I'll repeat time again is simply:

Work for the change you want to see in the Brotherhood, and then become a part of that change.

That said, I want to remind everyone that even if I don’t act or do something you suggest, it does not mean I am not listening. I read everything directed at me. While I appreciate constructive feedback more than anything, I do also read everything from insults to passive aggressive side-swipes. I read every proposal that gets sent to my desk ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]), and if I don’t get back to you within a few days, feel free to follow up with me on Telegram. I tend to be working on multiple things at a time, and while I’m confident in my ability to get things done, I’m human and sometimes I can forget things.

So, just remember that I will always listen to your concerns. Know that in doing so, I expect the same level of respect in return from you. And remember that at the end of the day, I’m the Voice. It’s my job to make decisions, popular or unpopular, difficult or easy. That’s the way the cookie crumbles.

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  • Voice Staff Resources Guide - Your one-stop shop for all your fiction needs. You can catch up on past reports and easily find links to Voice Staff policies, guides, and other documentation.

  • Fiction Center, the one-stop resource for fictional information on the Dark Jedi Brotherhood, it’s characters, stories, and history.

  • Reminder: Reports* and Updates from me are a bit different. Reports are my larger, monthly news posts that cover everything I can think of that is going on. Updates are news posts where I want to share details or a few changes in between the release of a report. Sometimes these are longer, but Updates allows me to address things quickly in between the space of a formal full report. If you are an active contributor or like take part in the fiction elements of the Brotherhood, you should read both reports and updates as they are where I outline and announce important things.

One Last Thing

When I was at Star Wars Celebration, I had a lot of fun. It really was a magical experience for me, to see so much love for the Star Wars universe in one place. The other big take away for the DJB, I think, is that our decision to adhere and move in time with the new Canon universe was the right choice. We have a lot of content coming our way. And all of it looks good. One of the highlights of the trip for me was getting to meet the authors of the new Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia. They are top level members of the Lucas Stroy group, and have been hard at work creating guidebooks and dealing with countless retcons and continuity changes. At the DK books booth, I asked Cole Horton to sign my book with something along the lines of “Forget the old ways”, which is something Tarkin says in the new Canon novels. He laughed and said, “I could do something like that. This is what he wrote for me.

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It’s encouraging to me on many levels, as I’ve kind of been the person that’s been in the crossfire over being the poster child for being a New Canon fanboy. Despite that...I really did love the convention and recommend the experience to anyone that truly loves and appreciates the larger metaculture that is Star Wars fandom. Which, at the end of the day, is why we’re all here, isn’t it?

If you want to check out my photo album from the trip, you can find it here.


I think that’s everything I have for now. A lot of exciting things are coming up.

As usual, if you have any questions, let me know at [Log in to view e-mail addresses].

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