Dark Greetings Naga Sadow,
This is my first report as Rollmaster, so I'll get the obligatory "who the heck is this guy talking to me?" out of the way. I've gone by a couple names in the DJB, all of them referring to the same character. I've been known by Atra Ventus, Xue Long, and more recently it's been Anima. I've held several positions in the DJB, starting with Quaestor of House Shar Dakhan, and Proconsul of Naga Sadow. I've also been - and currently am - a Judge within the Antei Combat Centre. During my previous time with leadership, I was known for taking an "open door" policy and converting it into a "where the heck did the door go?" policy. That policy is still in place, so come at me on Telegram, IRC, email, or wherever else you may find me.
Let's get down to the nitty gritty here. My job is to help ensure our Journeymen survive that whole "make it to Dark Jedi Knight" thing we got going on. An admirable goal, for sure! So, with that in mind, I'm not going to waste anyone's time filling this report with information that will be found in all the other reports from clan leadership. This is a place for the JM to find the information directly related to them.
Let's get started, shall we?
All right, a lot of you are already on board with this, and that's great. This is a great way to get involved with another member of the clan and power your way through the ranks. I'm pretty light on rules for this program, but there is one thing that is an absolute requirement... Checking in.
I have already spoken to the existing masters about this, but some of you are new so I'll state it here, all official like.
A master is required to update the Rollmaster once a week with the current tasks being taken by their apprentice.
I already know what they have done, I need to know what they are going to be doing. This check-in is where I get that information. This is a weekly thing, but I am a gracious overlord and allow for a 2 week reprieve. That means, you can miss one week's update and I won't go Rambo on you, but if you miss two weeks in a row, you will receive an official warning. If you miss again, the master-student pairing will be dissolved and I will need to find another master for your student.
Now that the nasty business is out of the way, here is the official form for the Master-Student Program to show your interest as a master, or a student.
All right, so there are two reasons why this here section is important. One, running competitions is important to working your way up the ranks! Gets you good experience and is a promotion requirement. If you have a master, work with them as a co-organizer to get the ball rolling, and if you don't, come see me! Secondly, participating in these bad boys is a great showing of your participation in the club, and hey... Also a promotion requirement!
We've had two competitions come to a close recently, one held by Scarlet with the help of her master, and the other held by Sandrin. Good job guys, both were fun to participate in and I look forward to more!
Here is a list of competitions you can currently enter!
There are a bunch more that I'm sure I missed, but you can find the full list right here.
All right, so here is my thing, my shtick if you will. I know things can be a bit daunting when you first join the Clan, so many people with history and such. So, every report I'll be doing a sort of "interview" with our members to help you get to know them. Let's start with someone easy so that you all can see what kind of questions you'll be hit with. This guy is great, and really dear to my heart. I hope you enjoy hearing about him as much as I did talking to him!
All right, Anima, a pleasure to have you here at the interview table. Can you tell me quickly what brought you to the Dark Jedi Brotherhood?
Well, I spent a solid three years writing in a Star Wars based RP called "Strands of Fate" with another member of Naga Sadow, Methyas L'eonheart. He mentioned the DJB as a good outlet for my writing after the great MSN Groups shut down that kind of nuked a whole lot of the RP community. I sauntered over, gave it a look and well... Here I am.
That's great, I'm sure it was way more convenient joining a clan with someone you knew already. More than likely took a bit of the sting out of getting to know new people.
Oh yeah, it was great. Still, I met a lot of cool people like Locke who I like to think of as at least a good friend.
Nonsense, you don't have any friends. Moving on! You've been in leadership for the majority of your career within Naga Sadow, what was that like?
Well, when I first got appointed to Quaestor, I was still relatively new. Hell, I was still a Jedi Hunter! I mean honestly, I didn't even have a lightsaber to call my own and they expected me to order around Equites and Elders!? I was barely confident enough to get other Journeymen to hop on board, let alone the Sons of Sadow that called Shar Dakhan their home. Talk about daunting, but I dealt with it, you know? Looking back now, it was a real confidence booster finding some measure of success there, despite my limited rank, and even nicer to hear the opinions people had of me. If I had bombed in a major way, I'm not sure I would be this forthcoming about it.
Going down in flames sure would have been pretty to watch though... Anyway, how would you describe your character and his experiences to someone else that was hoping to portray them in fiction?
Heh, I give this one out a lot. Chaotic Neutral is my general go to. I find using Dungeons and Dragons terms the easiest way to convey what I'm going for. This is a character that has had dirt dumped on his head for more than half his life. From experimentation to the harsh realities of leading in the DJB, he hasn't had much time to develop what one would call a healthy personality. On top of that, he has no real loyalties outside of the bonds he choses to acknowledge. When it comes down to it, his goals are the only ones that matter and that will readily become apparent in any situation where the Clan's goals differ from them. Still, he can be fun to write given his relative bluntness and a thorough application of sarcasm. Manners maketh man, but sarcasm maketh me!
That's great, really running the clock down here aren't you? If you had to pick one thing in your DJB career that is your "oh wow, my character is awesome" factor, what would it be?
I'd have to say the DJB-wide competition at the beginning of the last Crusade competitions. I really enjoyed the team I worked with, and the format presented by Darth Pravus in how the Run-On was structured. Each section of the competition ended with a sort of boss battle, and then moved to another stage with new details and new opponents. In the end, the team I was on came out on top and we became canonically responsible for capturing a Super Star Destroyer, an Elder class enemy, and killing a GM level opponent! I mean, some of us lost limbs - looking at you Methyas - and most of us had seen better days coming out of it. But, I think working our Equite level characters into the situation in a realistic way, with actual lasting damage on our end against such awesome opponents, was really fun to do. Those kinds of things, that leave lasting marks, are certainly my favourite.
Good stuff there. One final question if you will, what sort of advice would you give to any newcomers to the Clan?
Don't be afraid to use your voice. It is really that simple. A lot of my opportunities came from making myself as loud as possible, in a good way, and making sure I was noticed by the people on top. This helped me stay engaged for the entirety of my career, meet good people, and just have a lot more fun.
All right, thanks Anima and I hope you have yourself a great day - don't let the door hit you on the way out! For those keeping score at home, I hope you enjoyed this mini-interview and I'd love to hear any questions you guys want answered in the future. As well, if you are interested in being featured here rather than me hunting you down, I'd love to hear from you!
Thanks for staying with the report this long and I hope you got some good info out of it. This is a great place to be, and the members are what make it that way. You guys can all be a part of that going forward, if you choose to be. Myself and all the other veteran members of the clan are here to help, most of us at any time, so all you need to do is ask.
Stay classy, gang, and I look forward to speaking with you again!
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