Summer has officially begun, and I'm already tired of the heat... grumble grumble. This report won't be terribly or have any major reveals, but for those interested in the Grey Path, I've got a question I could use some help with. So read on through, though first: an updated policy!
Thanks to the excellent work of my Magistrate Meleu, the Nepotism Policy has been updated. This policy is designed to cover instances in which a leader is in an intimate relationship with, or is a family member of, a member in their unit. There are substantial changes to the policy, notably that we no longer mention encouraging members in relationships to avoid units with one another. However, we have increased Justicar oversight over potential situations in which members might be in relationships, and clarified rules regarding awards and the like. If you think this policy might relate to you, read the new policy immediately. This club has an unfortunate and long history of abuses related to people in intimate relationships, so these policies are necessary to protect members and leaders alike.
Meleu continues to work on clarifying policies and the like on the Wiki. He and I both noted how annoying it was to sort through policies before, and so he's built a template to hopefully ease navigation of policies. He's updating the Species policies next, which is more about bringing them in line with what the Grand Master has stated so far.
As all of you are undoubtedly aware based on my past report, we are incorporating a third Path into our organization: the Grey Path. Within the coming days, units will receive a document that outlines how to declare Paths. But before that point, we were hoping to provide them with some information on what members think of this third Path. While neither I nor the Grand Master want Clans to decide Paths based on this information, we would be remiss if we did not try to collect some data on it. Therefore, I reached out to the last 50 joins in the club to make it past the Test of Lore. I received a decent response rate considering many of those members are already rogues (quite a few dead emails too, unfortunately - something we will be working on a fix with James on soon, so we'll get leaders an update on that shortly too). I received 15 responses total, with 10 of those from Dark Path members, and 5 from Light Path members. Five of the Dark Path members may have chosen the Grey Path had it been available, while 4 of 5 Light Path members may have chosen the Grey Path. However, this is a very small sample size; ultimately, it only gives us a small idea of what new members might do. So I have a question for all of you reading.
Based on the plan for the Grey Path to be a "tightrope" between the light side and dark side, never embracing, careful not to stray too far into the darkness but reluctant to embrace the light, would you have joined that Grey Path when you first joined the Dark Brotherhood? I myself, despite my current character likely transitioning to a Grey Path, would not have joined the Grey Path when I first joined the club. At the time, I had a very specific image of the Dark Jedi character I wanted to be... but since then, things have changed. Therefore, I would say no. What about you?
Tides of Change, the co-op competition between Odan-Urr and Arcona, has completed! I assisted with the final grading, and there were quite a few quality entries! Having read, watched, and listened to so many great entries it was no surprise to me to see that Turel came out as the ultimate winner in the competition. His entries - especially his fiction entry - were all very strong. Good job, Turel! Arcona had more overall points, while Odan Urr had one more participant. A great showing by both units!
I'm always happy to assist units in co-op competitions or feuds as needed. It is great to see leaders taking such an active interest in building engaging competitions for their members, and I hope all of Arcona and Odan-Urr enjoyed Tides of Change!
Clan Scholae Palatinae has an open Proconsul position! While I know that Xen has received some quality applications so far, he's extended applications. This is an amazing opportunity for any willing member, as Xen is a great leader to work with. If you're looking for a chance to make the Brotherhood a better place, this is a great opportunity to learn from one of our best leaders while improving the club we all love so much!
Traditions will fill the gap left by our departing current Orders, as well as offer members an opportuniy to tape into a variety of canon sources of different types to propose Traditions. Traditions are very loose associations of individuals that ascribe to the teachings or ways of some historical, legendary, or contemporary society or organization. Contrary to Orders - which have definitive structural implications on the Brotherhood in terms of ranks - Traditions have no unique impact on a character sheet, and are designed to allow people to demonstrate flavor-based differences between themselves and other characters. Fictionally in the Brotherhood universe, the origin of many traditions might be unknown or misunderstood - ancient Cults or organizations of only rumor may lead to traditions. In our actual organization, Traditions must be based on some aspect of the Brotherhood or Star Wars history, be it legends or Canon. We will exercise tight control over creation of Traditions, with the exact method of proposal still to be outlined soon.
So, where will they appear? On dossiers, as below:
While this is just a tentative placement and the like, this give you guys an idea of what this feature of our new Path and Order system will look like. James has been hard at work coding in all that will be needed for our change over, while Howie and I have been preparing some preliminary rank proposals. Lots more to be released in the coming days!
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