And now that song is in your head for the rest of this report. /cue evil laughter and sparkle canons
Welcome, welcome, friends, to another Clan Arcona report! It’s seemed like a spiral of lazy summertime days (especially for those of us slowly dying in the heat) and especially hectic weeks all at once. Both the Brotherhood at large and our own shadowy, beautiful selves have been busy, so let’s dig right in!
Accurate depiction of your PCON and CON grooving this report is accurate.
In our last report, if you’ll recall, All The Things were happening! The Grand Master had released a timeline for the rest of the year, including the announcement of our next GJW in January/December. Our most pressing and mysterious concern will be the August event, which has simply been referred to as the, “Metagame.” What this will entail hasn’t been revealed to us yet, but I’m sure whatever the GM and DGM have planned for us, it’ll be exciting. Keep your eyes peeled (even the Miraluka in the crowd) and stay pumped!
Also mentioned in our last report was Socorra’s retirement from Herald and the ensuing opening in the office. Our own good friend from the Light side of the pond, V’yr was selected and released his first, shiny new Herald report! Give him some big hoorahs! This man is amazeballs and we’re really happy to see what he comes up with. Look out for any cool designs or updates he pushes, and tutorials especially!
Of a note with Herald business: if you’re the artsy type out there and would be interested in seeing other artsy people toss around ideas and work or sharing your own efforts, and have Telegram, hit up Atty or Esca! We’ve created a Telegram group for anybody just interested in gfx-type things, and all are welcome (even Vyr’s in it, whoop-whoop!).
Meanwhile, several other of our esteemed Dark Councillors, from the Voice and Headmaster, to the MAA and Senechal have put out reports too! Check them out! There’s hints at the Fiction Society, the new upcoming Possessions system, and all sorts of other things. Mav also released his most recent Deputy Grand Master report and did a lot of talking about paths and the new ranks and orders. The big discussion for the Dark Summit recently has been all about these projects, and it’s really exciting!
Besides just discussion of new orders and ranks, however, are more Possessions teasers — a hint at creating aspects for Possessions, oh my! — a rehaul of the Test of Lore, and some awards for fellow leaders and stellar workers around the Brotherhood. Shout out to our friend A’lora for his Amethyst Kukri and our old brother Meleu who got Equite II!
As mentioned what seems like hundreds of times recently, the big release of the new Gray Path and opening of the other Paths is on the horizon! In preparation, each Clan was contacted to submit a unit path declaration proposal to the big guys for approval.
Here’s the rundown: each unit gets three Path slots assigned to them that they may choose (and change in six month intervals if they are so inclined, after submitting another proposal for approval). After the launch, units will have a chance to change their initial paths again in October, one time only. The options you can select are, obviously, Dark, Light, and Gray. What these selections amount to cover two things:
We polled you guys some months ago about what you thought Arcona’s alignment should be, and then, most recently, we polled the standing Summit on the alignment of their characters, and the full Summit on what three Path selections they thought Arcona would be be suited to. And guess what? I have graphs for you!
And they’re pretty! Or at least, I think they are.
Clan Arcona - What alignment would you want Arcona to have?
Standing Summit - What alignment would your character be without restriction?
Arconan Summit - What three Path slots should Arcona have?
So there you have it, folks! We’re a lot less darkity-sable-black than commonly thought! Though, to be sure, we’re no less the Shadow Clan. Shadows, my dears, come in all shades, and the darkest are cast by the brightest lights. Whether we walk the line between Dark and Gray or house a few dirty lighties (#rainbowsandsunshine), we’re still the First Clan, still full of tigerblood, and still very much Arcona. Always have been, always will be.
If you’re curious, you can look over the Path Declaration Proposal that we submitted here. Otherwise, onward we go!
Last month, our friends over in Clan Odan-Urr found themselves in need of a Proconsul when theirs went and decided to become the new, fancy Herald. xP
To that end, our own Turel applied and was chosen to go back to his roots and lead with A’lora.
Turel has been a boon for us. He's not only shared in helping HQD build, he's also helped as a member while growing through the terms of his probation and continued to help in Galeres. I can only hope his experience as one of our summit has helped him grow, and wish him the best as a Proconsul.
That means that…
Applications for House Galeres Quaestor will be open Brotherhood-wide until Thursday, August 6th, at 23:59 EST. I rather liked Jac’s position on his Appeals Panelist hirings, and so shall add the same disclaimer that we reserve the right to select a candidate before the end of the deadline if we receive one worthy of such. So, if you’re interested, be prompt in submitting your awesome application.
Applicants should have:
Typical Quaestor duties include:
The biggest delight of this — and the section I’m sure you all skip to before going back and reading the rest <3 — is getting to see these various awards and promos get featured. To shine the spotlight. To say thank you to each of you for all that you do and see you recognized accordingly.
So thank you, Arconans, and congratulations. And thank you, too, to the MAA staff. The business of awarding members can be a bumpy one, and Aabs and his staff do a lot for us. Please remember to give them a thanks if you catch them around, pandas and all.
That said...OH MAH SWEET GAWD LOOK AT ZEE SHINIEZ!
We’ve been hard at work this past month with various projects and proposals, the Unit Path declaration mentioned above being one of them! We prettied up all of our thoughts on the matter and sent it off for approval, so stay tuned for the next update!
Congrats to me! For V'yr has selected me to be a Magistrate on his staff! It’s a big step for me in the DJB as a whole, but fear not! I’ll still be airlocking according to my regular schedule. I’m hoping to gather new skills to better help the Brotherhood as well as the Clan, so we’ll see what all I can come up with as my service moves forward!
Arcona’s Recruitment Office, which is to be detailed more below, is going to get some great ideas passed around to implement so we can net ourselves some newbies that are more directly involved upon joining, rather than building up from the random method. Not to say that we don’t want random joins as well, but having someone to know right off the bat is always a nice thing to have going for you.
As for me, personally, I am apartment hunting and I hate it. Moving sucks, the end. Miya and I believe we have a place chosen, so we will be aiming to start moving around September. Keep an eye out for more updates on that, for I’ll be out of contact for a few days while it happens.
That’s all for now, all ye darkity...gray..light things!
Over the past month, the sitting Summit and Arconae have been working on refining an Expectations and Responsibilities document that outlines what Arcona expects of each of its individual summiteers, from Battleteam Sergeant to Consul, and the Arconan Summit as a whole to meet the standard we set for our leaders. A more public version of this will be made available on the wiki in the months to come.
So, we’ve been busy ourselves, but here are some things that the rest of you can look forward to helping with!
After a small meeting with several people, we’ve got a good idea of who is interested in helping Arcona get new joins in a more direct manner. We’ll be tossing around various ideas on not only how to gain newbies, but also on how to retain them better. Recruiting isn’t just the acquisition, for if you can’t keep them, what’s the effort worth? Stay tuned for more information and possibly some formal announcements on this little official/unofficial project!
You think your DJB training ends when you hit DJK and receive your first saber? Think not, young bloods! A newly promoted idea has crossed the upper Summit, to which we will be taking full advantage of some of our more veteran members to help those in their junior years learn leadership and further refine their writing, graphics skills, gaming, etc! Nothing concrete for this one as of yet, but expect some very exciting updates as we progress further along with the concept.
Rumor is there may be one more Beta Workshop this weekend, however if there is not, don’t fret! This program is still being worked on and from the sounds of it, come the first week of August, we’ll have a big kick off for it once again! Expect even more to be included and some actual documentation on how the process works!
You’ve been asking for it, and it’s on its way back! Wally, Celevon and staff have been working hard to get the ACB back in business with some alterations for a DJB-wide release, if accepted! However, expect to see it for Arcona, at the least, soon enough! More information to come as the Overseer and Commissioner pass information down the lines!
Many wiki pages are calling out for some updates, whether they just be a simple changing of the guard or full fictional overhauls into the present. I’ll be looking to the old group that assisted Legz with the wiki updates, but I’m also looking for new blood! If you want to help out in updating a lot of pages, send an email to [Log in to view e-mail addresses] with your interest. Remember, volunteer work looks good on you, and is rewarded!
Sang asks: “When will you immortalise Vyr in your writings?”
Vyr asks: “Arcona is obviously the top contender for GJX XII, thought it's still a ways off. Who do you see as your top rivals for winning in the coming conflict? sticks mic in face”
The A-Team: “Rivals” implies that there will be any kind of competition for Arcona, dear treelady. ;)
Of course, the Brotherhood has made a lot of amazing strides and is seeing remarkable levels of activity across the board, especially since the re-Clanning of every unit seems to have lit some roaring fires and Episode XII generates hype. We’ve seen some great stuff from all our brethren, from rebuilding Tarentum to GJWXI runner-ups Taldryan, and I can tell you that working with Odan-Urr showed some definite talent. New and old generations are coming together all over while we all gear up for all our new changes, so we’re hoping all the energy carries the Brotherhood right up to January’s War screaming and cheering. We really think it’s anyone’s victory, and are damn sure excited to take on anyone that wants to run at us for First Clan!
Cable asks: “What does it mean?”
Atty: “It.” Pronoun (it), nominative (it), and possessive (its). Used to represent an inanimate thing, person or animal, group, concept or idea, action or activity, or impersonal subject understood, previously mentioned, about to be mentioned, or present in the immediate context; used in statements expressing an action, condition, fact, circumstance, or situation without reference to an agent. (That’s just one definition, though. :D)
Arcy: Well, you see, the Airlock means people who ask silly questions get jettisoned.
Sang asks: “Do you pay the wages, or does the DC?”
Vyr asks: “Can I has a Fade? :P”
Sang... asks: “Do you feel like a plastic bag, floating in the wind, wanting to start again?”
Sang asks: “What happened to my Cythraul?”
SANG AGAIN asks: “As a kinda "lightsider" how do you deal with the riffraff determined to kill you and everyone in the galaxy in order to rule? :P”
Vyr asks: “Want a bandana made of tree vines? :P”
Sang asks: “Who is your favourite tree?”
Sang asks: “What's the square root of 20482?”
Sang (gfdi, man) asks: “How much do I need to bribe Vyr to get custom robes? :P”
Lexic asks: “What's the relationship like between yourself and Captain Arcia Nighthawk? Sisterly?”
Atty: They’re the very bestest of friends and sisters and they’ll be together foreversies. Disclaimer: Atty’s perspective may not, ah, match others.
Arcy: I think Atyiru needs to lay off the caff.
Maxi asks: “Okay, what are taxes and how do I fool people into thinking I am mature?”
Hades asks: “Okay A4, here is a question for you. Where would the ARC CON vacation if they had the time?”
Terran asks: “If Atty had the opportunity to get bionic implants and could choose between monochromatic vision or no depth perception, which would she choose?”
Terran asks: “Oh, I have one for Arcia too: there's a persistent rumor that Arcia isn't actually PCON, but has just be relegated to the Nighthawk's kitchen. Would you care to comment?”
Xen'Mordin asks: “Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or a hundred duck sized horses?”
V’yr asks: “Firefly Season 2?”
Atra asks: AskTheAtty, we know the answer is 42, but what is the question?
Malik asks: AskTheAtty, why is a towel the most important thing a hitchhiker can carry?
V’yr asks: “If your character got killed in the least meaningful way, would you call that "bobafetted" or "washed"?”
The Adventures of Atty and Arcy: The Comic!
(In which everyone struggles to read Atty’s handwriting and little Arcia gets greedy around the Clan.)
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