Welcome one and all. This report will be short and sweet as there isn't much in the way of news this time.
A few weeks ago, I put a call out for Professor applications. We received quite a few well written applications, but I could only go with three. We have chosen Dek Iron’yikut as our new Professor over the Writing Department. Dek brings with him a wealth of knowledge on writing from Real Life. Celevon Erinos joins us as the Professor over what will soon to be the Department of Combat. Aldaric joins us as the PROF of Legends.
I would like to thank Drac for sticking it out as PROF of Combat and Gaming while we did this search. He will still stay on as a Docent over all gaming related courses. I would also like to thank Jinius Griffin for his work as Writing PROF.
Shadow Academy Society revamp. The vast majority of this project is completed, but I am giving my new Magistrates the chance to look it over and give their opinions. I would like to thank Wally for his assistance in getting this Society within the DJB fiction. You may remember from this past years Vendetta that the Society played a role in the retrieval of an artifact from the Technocratic Guild. Fictionally this is how we will remain. A group that will obtain artifacts, treasures, and arcane knowledge for the Brotherhood. Think of Indiana Jones but with a little less morals. We are currently hammering out the kinks in this for a smooth transition.
Future Course rewrites: Quite a few of our courses are a bit out of date, or completely out of canon. One of my goals as HM is to try and ensure that all of our non Legends courses follow the nuCanon as close as possible. I know this isn't a popular opinion with some, but this is our ultimate goal. Fear not though as I am a huge fan of the EU, we will attempt to retain as much as we can within the Legends department. Some of the courses that we are looking at for rewrites are going to be our Fighters, Freighters, Capships, and potentially some of our Combat and Weaponry courses. These courses will be brought online as we finish them, but I estimate no later than December.
New courses: We are looking to add several new courses in through the year. I have had interest in doing a Biologics course that could include various flora and fauna within the SW universe. I have also been talking with another member about working on a Force Religions course that would include things like the Sith, Jedi, Church of the Force, Guardians of the Whills, etc. Lastly I have an idea for a Force Oddities course. This would cover topics like bending a Kyber Crystal, Sith Alchemy, World between worlds, Force ghosts and so on. As always I am up for new course ideas from the membership with the following criteria: The course can only include content that is Canon. Anything that comes from Legends cannot, and absolutely will not be accepted. Include how it would be beneficial to the DJB as a whole.How does it fit into our current lore in the DJB?
A few weeks ago I put out a call for a motto that the Shadow Academy could use. I was not let down by the sheer amount of entries. You as members did not make this an easy decision to make. At the writing of this report I cannot tell you who won as I set it all entries to blind grading. However we have decided on “Learn. Master. Arise.” as our creed. I am paraphrasing here, but Marcus put it fairly eloquently, “It's incredibly apt. Highlights the academy, the student-master bond and the fact that we are so close to the members at all points of their career.”
Whomever also submitted “Fancy. Book. Learnin’.” needs a pat on the back. You made me laugh at a point in my day where I needed it. This person also received 2nd for their submission of “Concealed in Shadow...Knowledge awaits.”
Our 3rd place winner submitted “Infinite Knowledge, Infinite Combinations, Unlimited Power”.
Your Crescents are otw via Panda Express.
Thanks for all who submitted!
That about sums everything up from the Office of the Headmaster. If anyone has questions don't hesitate to poke me in TG or via email. As always the Shadow Academy covers tens if not hundreds of thousands of words, and those words were written by imperfect humans (GASP!). We try our best to catch and fix any and all errors before we release courses, but we're not always successful. Because of that, we will always need your help. If you spot an error, please report it to the SA Staff using this simple form; if it's a major enough error, or you spot enough, you'll be rewarded. At the very least, you'll get the thanks of a grateful HM... that's gotta count for something, right?
Learn. Master. Arise. Augur Daniel "Seraphol" Stephens (Force Disciple) / HM / Dark Council
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