The staff had distracted the Shadow Lord from the flight and landing with reports. He sat quietly with the datapad, distracted by the memos, updates, and statistics. His issues with space travel were well known by now, and no one wanted to clean up after the Ryn.
Spectre Cell is gettin' inta tha swing o' things, that's good. Looks like Qybbles and her...second, are gearin' up ta deal with the unwelcome guests on Selen. That's good, need ta dump all tha trouble we can while Estle City is on the verge of riotin', thought Kordath as he paged through missives from Galeres. The sounds of the airlocks cycling brought his attention away from the datapad. Strangely, the scent of fresh baked goods flooded the shuttle.
"What tha hell?" Even the Consul guard, lead by Bly, was looking around in surprise, if not alarm.
He hesitated while disembarking. The Quaestor of Qel-Droma, the resident overseer of the Ol'val reconstruction efforts, was right outside. He could feel her. He'd been able to sense her ever since they approached the station, and had been trying to steel himself for it. With a deep breath, he stepped out into the shadowport's Docks area.
Zujenia stood ahead of him. Her white hair tied up in a bun and wearing an apron. She was directing loaders carrying crates upon crates. Not exactly how he'd expected to be received onboard the Port, but then again Arcona's presence was meant to be covert. While this wasn't a military parade or anything so loud, it wasn't exactly subtle, either.
She spotted him, amber eyes swiveling towards him. Her fingers stopped on the datapad she was holding before resuming, finishing giving directions to a couple of loaders before taking a breath and stepping down towards the shuttle.
"Bake sale," she stated, cutting him off before he could speak. She looked away and towards the various ships that littered the area. Smugglers, pirates, even honest merchants were loading up cargo, even while leaving pallets filled with building supplies behind.
"Thought it smelled like home," he mumbled, wincing as he saw her stiffen. "Sorry."
The half-Ryn chewed at her lip for a moment before sighing, seeming to come to a decision.
"We've been trading baked goods with merchants for supplies, okay? I've had most of the House on it. To make up for what we can't get through raiding or buying."
"This why ya called me out here instead of sending a progress report?"
"No," she stated, flatly, "I called you out here to let you know that when this is done I'm...I'm done, too. For now."
Kordath stared at his Quaestor and estranged...something. "Ya needin' a break, luv?"
She nodded. He nodded in reply.
"Fine, we'll...sort somethin' out. Thanks for not doin' this right when I had ta take over, I guess. I know workin' for me has been rough."
Zujenia shook her head, "I'm tired, Kord. Ever since Atyiru, I just need a break. It's not you."
Kordath nodded. Not far away, keeping an eye on the proceedings was a red-haired human woman with a knowing smirk on her face.
First bit of news: Thank you, Zujenia! She’s been in leadership for a good while now, running a successful Battleteam and House across multiple positions. With the added pressures of real life, she’s decided to take a break. So again, we say thank you, you magnificent half-Ryn lady you.
The position of Quaestor for House Qel-Droma has been filled, as some of you have no doubt noticed. I’ll allow Rhylance, the new man in charge over there, make his own introduction. For now, on to clan and club news!
Besides Zuji stepping down and Rhylance stepping up, we’ve also had the Consul Bride ending this past month. You can find it here, give it a read!
We’ve seen a large influx of people which Terran will cover in his bit below, just want to give a shoutout to all the newbies. Also, we’ve seen some Equite promotions this month! Congratulations to Qyreia and Lucine on their rank advancements!
This month has seen a lot of planning on the summit side of things, as well as some execution. Expect more fleshed out events in the near future!
Policy Update from the Justicar!
Some important information about changes to the rules. Very important if you're one of our younger members, especially.
Combat Master #16
Some very slight but important changes to the ACC judging rubric to help clean up tied matches.
Remember the Fallen
The Club lost one of it’s own this month, go and say something nice.
New race added and some wiki stuff updated.
The mighty Farrin will be resigning soon, so if you’ve got what it takes to take over the Academy, check it out!
An update from the illustrious Evant
Summer Puzzle Series Puzzles! 12 weeks of them!
Music and Art, Shapes in the Sound 6 A graphics comp focusing on musical inspiration.
Hobby Time! What’s your character do for kicks?
Breaking the Wall, Again A fiction inspired by our favorite 4th Wall breaking Merc with a Mouth.
You Have Not Yet Completed Your Training Explore the training methods of your character, or their past.
Great Droid Revolution The droids are rising up, go check out this comp series!
Howdy, Space Cowboys! I'll try and keep this short and sweet, but there's a couple items I wanted to highlight this month.
First off, the GM released the quarterly review of the various units, and I wanted to let you all know that Arcona has been kicking some serious ass! Despite the quarter cutting off prior to the huge influx of new joins, we had the highest change in membership (new joins minus leaving members) of any Clan. Considering we're only middle-of-the-pack when it comes to unit size, that's excellent - and I'm confident in saying that it's primarily due to the welcoming, friendly community all of you help foster. On top of that, we're second in terms of Participation Ratio (trailing COU) - we'll get you next time, bird-Gadget. Next time!
On the topic of roster changes, I'm sure you've all noticed that we've had a ton of recruits. This is due to the excellent work of our new Social Media Tribune. I can't say enough terrific things about his work here. That being said, it's up to us to keep them around and interested. On that front, if you're interested in mentoring one of these amazing new members, please reach out to Kord and I to express that interest.
Rhylance asks a few.
Maaz/The Log asks several!
Tech/Eilen asks several!
Rhylance asks a few:
And that’s it for the month of May! Keep an eye out for events and competitions, do the things and make Arcona even more awesome than we already are. I’m proud of all of you and fully expect us to keep being amazing.
Until next time…
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