My first Master-at-Arms report in which I introduce myself, announce applications, and discuss future plans and intentions in the office. Standby for cool report graphics once completed.
Man...I really need to create a cool "Rolling News Banner" image.........
I’m Aabsdu Dupar (5580) and am super excited about this opportunity. I joined the DJB in May 2005 during the hype of Revenge of the Sith. While I’ve never been able to locate the post, I’m pretty sure I saw the DJB linked on a StarWars.com blog. I’m a rather different person now and consider my stronger traits loyalty, the ability to take criticism, and not make things personal.
For those who do not know me, I have served most of my Brotherhood career in Clan Plagueis — my recent stint as Consul marked my third time in the position. I was PCON under Sarin back in the day and learned a lot about leadership from him. I was Headmaster for a bit over two years. I absolutely loved being Headmaster, love the Shadow Academy, and loved taking part in the Dark Council. I’m grateful to Muz for giving me a second opportunity.
I went Rogue in 2011 due to college and returned October 2013 because I felt a desire to start writing more. When I came back, I made a personal pledge to not take things too seriously and always remember that everyone here is volunteering their time to hang out with Star Wars fans on the internet and have fun. That’s the key philosophy for me — have fun. I intend to make sure the MAA Office upholds this ideal. If all of you aren’t having fun, if you’re getting upset because some policy is screwing over your next promotion, that’s a problem I want to solve.
First, I want to extend huge thanks to Kalen for his time as Master-at-Arms, especially the part where he hired Malik, Evant, and myself as Magistrates. Absolutely everyone in the DB relies on the MAA Office to be streamlined and efficient, so the job comes with a chunk of pressure. I’ve been interested in the MAA system for years, but without the past eight months of guidance I would not have been suited for the post.
Now, what do I intend to do differently? I’m going to discuss projects/policies in another section/future reports, but here’s a quick breakdown on some commitments I want to make.
Thus…I’m announcing the first MAA competition - Unit Rewards [August]. Starting today through the end of August, I want to encourage everyone to take the Leadership: Rewards Shadow Academy course. At the end of the month, the clouse with the best passing ratio (# of passed members against total members in the house) will win a special prize. Hint - the MAA, fictionally, is the commander of the Antei Fleet, so…the prize might be a small ship of some kind. People who have already passed the course count toward the ratio, but that’s only eleven people so far. Get on it!
Kalen recently rewarded Malik and Evant with Sapphire Blades for eight stellar months as Magistrates, and they are well earned. The three of us worked hard and got along great, and they are both helping in this transition. I am instituting a new system of MAA staffing in which the assistants positions will rotate similar to the Chamber of Justice. The purpose is to give more members the opportunity to learn the inner workers of the office and gain higher level leadership experience.
I am opening applications for a single Praetor position and at least one Magistrate position. The Praetor will serve a one year term and hold power equal to the MAA when I am unavailable to give opinion (which shouldn’t happen anyways). The minimum rank here is Dark Jedi Knight/Jedi Knight with at least BTL experience.
Magistrates will hold a six month term, and I want to encourage younger members without as much leadership experience to apply. The minimum rank for Magistrate is Jedi Hunter/Padawan. This position is meant to be an educational one.
Applications should include a small amount of background on yourself as well as a few points of what you see as MAA strengths and weaknesses. Also, those applicants who have passed the Leadership: Rewards Shadow Academy course may or may not stand a better chance. Email applications to [Log in to view e-mail addresses] by 6 August 2014.
Future reports will go into more detail about projects and policy updates. Right now my primary tasks are to smooth over the various transitions that come when a Consul moves to the Dark Council. I will, however, outline a few "things to consider" that I included in my application.
This section will include a few requests from the past month that my staff considers exemplary examples (redundant?). Leaders should take note of what we consider satisfactory and learn from them. I also intend to start linking good request examples to the Wiki pages of medals and promotion requirements as permanent past precedent. Credit for the Wiki linking idea goes to Evant, by the way.
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