Greetings everyone and welcome to my 42nd report as your Grand Master. I am returning the United States this weekend and look forward to a reunion with my family. I will be without consistent internet until Saturday and thought now would be a good time to get out a quick update.
1) Viv: Viv has been promoted to EQ4 for his exceptional work as the Consul of Clan Plagueis and for his consistent work and dedication to the Dark Brotherhood over the past several years. Please take the time to congratulate Viv on his big promotion.
2) Clan Tarentum, House Mortis: Clan Tarentum has announced the creation of House Mortis. This is a great step forward for Tarentum and is an indicator of the fantastic work they have put in over the past six months. The new house pays homage to Tarentum's past while it looks to blaze a new path forward. Congrats on Tarentum for their energy and hard work to make this happen.
3) Plagueis Consul: I have decided to extend the application period for the position of Plagueis Consul until 26 August. We received three excellent applications, but I would like to see a wider pool of potential applications prior to making a decision. Please get your apps in to Mav, Jac, and I.
The Dark Council, Elders, and various members have reviewed, debated, and massaged the new ranks for our upcoming Paths. The above graphic is the approved list for our new Mercenary Path, Grey Path, and Loyalist Path. The feedback from out leaders during the discussion phase of the new ranks was tremendous and I am satisfied with the current list (with the caveat that I am not entirely against making minor tweaks in the future).
One point of contention associated with the Loyalists ranks is worth mentioning. A few members had concern that the Military Rank Structure would interfere with our existing fictional Clan Military systems. In the end I decided to go with a Star Wars Canon Rank Structure rather than implementing another Greek/Spartan/Whatever system. I made this decision because the military ranks are familiar and because I prefer the military theme of the Loyalists.
We will see a report from Mav in the near future that discusses our planned phased implementation of the Path system. More to follow.
Pel Asks: Sarin, why are the pre-split Grand Master's not included in the Star Chamber? A: This is a great question with a simple answer. The Star Chamber is a post split construct that has never included the pre-split Grand Masters. Over the past 12 years we have never included the pre-split Grand Master's in the decision making processes of the Star Chamber. This includes the voting of Grand Masters and the use of our veto ability on certain DJB decisions. The addition of new Star Chamber articles to the Covenant only seek to formalize this process. *That is not to say that we don't appreciate the pre-split GMs.
Howie Asks: Where is the balance between giving second chances and holding people accountable? A: Timely question Howie. Mav and I have discussed this a lot over the past few days. Especially as we see some of our recent second chance members apply for multiple positions at multiple levels of responsibility. Where is the balance? I'm not entirely sure, but I think you will find that there are lot of members out there who will claim that they feel they are blackballed while others appear to receive second chances. I probably need to do a better job at messaging why some selections are made and others are not. My take: If a member has done something wrong in our club, but they have shown what appears to be genuine contrition for what they have done...I'm going to be much more likely to select them for positions. Compare that to a member who has done something wrong, but has taken on a tone of spite and arrogance. That member might find that I'm less willing to grant them positions. Throw on top of all of that is the offense a member made. If a member cheated in our club, I'm probably not going to put them in a position where they can judge/manage in the field they cheated.
Arden Asks: Sarin, will you consider making Telegram and official communications platform? A: Yes. I'm considering it right now. I know that some members have concerns with exclusive/inclusive chat programs, but I'm more concerned with actual usage. Telegram's mobile capability makes it a genuine on the go, immediate communication platform. Quite frankly, I find it superior to mIRC. I think the numbers also show that our members agree with me. 1000k messages in DB Chat on Telegram in a 24 hour period (yes, a large volume of them are cat pictures and nonsense)....vs 25 non dbb0t messages in DB chat on mIRC.
Alright everyone. I pack out my apartment this morning and won't have a solid internet access until Saturday. I will have access to email through this period, but only during certain windows of time each day. Stay tuned for more Path details and more website updates over the next few days.
Grand Master Pravus aka Sarin
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