Don’t worry sports fans, I didn’t go anywhere - I simply was on a bit of a reporting hiatus because, y’know, the War. I hope you all had a great time competing against each other. This was my first GJW as a DCer and holy crap does a lot go into making this work for you guys. I’m really proud of the work we as a group put in, and I’m definitely proud of all of you who submitted to the comps I created or helped to grade. My staff and I were focused on other things during the War, but with its conclusion it’s full steam ahead on our task list. We’ve got some great changes coming up that I think y’all will love, so let’s dive in.
With the Shadow Academy settling into its new fictional digs on Arx, there’s a lot for us to fill out on the Wiki to make it feel more like home. Laren will be leading the charge on this and I’m excited to see the results. Hopefully this new fictional platform will be a great jumping off point for further SA competitions and the like.
The Department of Lore is one of our larger Departments and certainly the one with the largest scope. Sang, Professor Extraordinaire, will be leading the charge to revamp it. The idea setting out isn’t to create new courses but instead to ensure all of the courses are as useful and correct as possible. As Laren put it, the goal is to make these courses as clear, concise, and user-friendly as possible.
In my last report I put out that we were looking for a new Professor over the far-reaching Department of Leadership, Law, and Communication. The GJW got us all a bit distracted, so I’d like to report this request. Additionally, we’re looking for a Docent to take over for Reiyden on his courses within that same Department. My plan is to take applications, with the top two candidates being chosen as PROF and DOC; if you’d prefer one over the other, you can of course let us know that, too. The DOC position isn’t necessarily specific to the courses that Reiyden was over and we can rework them to best cover this Department with the new PROF. Interested parties should email an application to Laren and I no later than one week from now, 12/15. You should let us know areas in which you think this Department can be improved. Position requirements are as follows:
Len Iode asked: “Will some of the Degrees be altered to reflect courses being removed? If they are how so?”
Tarvitz asked: “Over the past year, might I ask if there is anything you feel you would like to go back and re-write or re-work?”
Beef asked: “Now having graded fiction entries for a GJW, what two tips would you pass on to aspiring Novae-winning authors? What two pitfalls would you advise us to avoid?”
What the women say is true: length doesn't matter, it's how you use it. :P
Own the prompt. Don't shy away from it. Even if you don't like it, half the challenge as a writer is finding a way to tackle the prompt in an interesting way while still showcasing your character.
Beef then asked: “How might long-standing enemies like the Collective be brought into the SA?”
Beef is in a questioning mood (lol) so he then asked: “Could there be "group-based" tests? Learn the secrets of your enemies kind of courses?”
Kaz asked (a couple of different ways): “More "blast from the past" in the future?”
Kaz also asked: “Aside from the "Brotherhood fundamentals" courses offered by the SA. Which courses do you feel are best taken by new members?”
Tasha’Vel Versea asked: “What would be the one exam you enjoy the most and why?”
Shadow Academy Staff are currently engaged in the following projects:
Leadership Proposal Update - SA Staff: This is the only course pending review and audit from last month’s completion of the Leadership Dept. changes. We are still working to determine its fate (rewrite? removal?). Estimated completion: TBD
DJB History I & II Update/Rewrite - Alishu: Alishu has completed first drafts of both courses and they've been sent to the DC for approval. I’m hoping now that the GJW is done, we can work with the DC to get these updated and out soon. Estimated completion: TBD
Operation Remodel - SA Staff: In an effort to streamline the organization of the Shadow Academy and make it easier to initially get to information and then to find similar information, the SA will see a fairly extensive reorganization. The first phase of this is done, and the graphical elements have been completed by Vyr. James is working on deploying them, so this should be done very soon… maybe even by the time you get around to reading this report! Estimated completion: Very Soon (tm)(c)
Lore Revamp - Sang: The Lore Department will be revamped to make them as clear, concise, and user-friendly as possible. Estimated completion: 2/18
Operation Remodel (Wiki) - Laren: The SA Wiki pages will be updated or created as necessary. Estimated completion: 2/18
Writing Department Update - SA and Voice Staffs: Wally Q. Wallerson, his staff, and my staff are combining our considerable talents/nerddoms to overhaul the Writing Department. The goal is to make it an invaluable resource for all who engage in any sort of writing activity in the DB. A Fiction Studies primer is nearing release, while most others will need to wait post-GJW. Estimated completion: some soon, others not :)
|Name||# of Exams||# of ACs|
|Neophyte Sath Kekel||36||31|
|Battlelord Bentre Kairn'tel Stahoes||16||30|
Note: these numbers cover the period from 10/1/17 to 12/7/17 and count both initial attempts and retakes.
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Headmaster of the Shadow Academy
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