Greetings my fellow Odanites and onlookers from the Dark Side,
After a bit of a hiatus I’m back with the Turel report you all know and love. A’lora and I tried the joint report thing for a few months and decided to be a bit more flexible this year. You’ll see at least one report a month from each of us and I’ll still contribute to the Consul report because it goes out to the entire Brotherhood.
Anyway it’s a new year and there’s a lot to talk about
The featured art this month is a personal commission of Turel and his sister Morgan in a bit of a tight spot. I’m ecstatic at how it turned out.
Art by Matoshi
Spoiler Ban LIfted - Breathe easy everyone, we can talk about Episode VII everywhere starting on the 4th, this applies to DJB wide and COU channels.
Episode VII Celebration comps extended to the 5th - Get your entries in folks!
GM’s end of the year address - This was well worth the wait, if you read nothing else on this list you should check this report out. And no, I’m saying that so senpai will notice me :P (I try to avoid his gaze). Sarin succinctly lays out where we’ve been in the past year and where we are headed in this brave new post-episode VII world.
Herald Holiday Special - I’ll skip the tree puns here, but the sheer amount of work Vyr and his staff have put in this year is monumental. Here are the days in case you missed the goodies the first time. I’m rocking some new threads myself.
I would like to give public recognition to our allies in Arcona who, in a touching display of class and sportsmanship, all agreed amongst themselves to allow me to fulfill my quarter-long quest of getting the accessory of my dear friend and Master V’yr. Ohana means family sniff sniff
|3rd||Celahir Erinos Arconae||Arcona||5789||Jamez|
|7th||Kordath Bleu d’Tana||Arcona||4479||Dacien|
2015 was a historic year for Odan-Urr, we grew, we became a clan, we held our first event with another clan and forged a new alliance. Take a moment to reflect on where we were a year ago. Clan Odan-Urr was a dream held by many since before I joined way back in the good ol’ days of 2014 :P If you had told me then I would have the honor of being the second Proconsul of Clan Odan-Urr I would have said you were off your meds. So Odanites pat yourself on the back.
But clanning was just the beginning, we still have a great deal before us if we are to live up to our full potential as a Clan. Creating a new clan with new Houses from nothing takes a lot of work and we need each and every one of you to be as awesome as you can be to build our legacy. This is an exciting time to be in Odan-Urr, future generations will look back on 2016 as the year when we took our place among the top units in the Brotherhood. The GMRG race is just an echo of what I believe is to come, Arcona and Odan-Urr engaged in a friendly rivalry for first clan. But to get there you will have to collectively answer one question….
What does it mean to be an Odanite?
You answer that question through everything you do, from bonding as a community, winning competitions, creating exciting stories and worlds to play in, stepping up as top notch leaders and producers in the Brotherhood, welcoming new members and encouraging older ones. It won’t be an easy journey, nothing worth pursuing is, but it will be fun.
We are setting up for the first head to head clan feud in recent memory with Plagueis. All eyes will be on us. So many fine members worked to get us to this point and now we have our shot. So what do you want our clan to be known for?
Personally, I want us to be known as a Clan that builds each other up, that will give anyone a chance, a Clan that can step up to the big leagues and not just win but win as a family with class. I want our leaders to be the envy of the Brotherhood, our programs to be duplicated elsewhere and our lore to be second to none. That’s a tall order, but I firmly believe it’s well within us as a group to do it. All we have to do is step up and be as awesome as we know we can be.
So my fellow Odanites, 2016 is here…
Let’s get down to business
War, war never changes…
As I’ve mentioned there is an honest to goodness feud in the works with Clan Plagueis. This will be our first real test as a clan in 2016. You will hear more about that in the upcoming Consul report but get hyped because war is coming and we will get a chance to go head to head with the forces of the Dark Side.
Clan development doesn’t stop because there is a feud. Projects will still move forward. Here are some of the items on my radar:
Clan internal ranking and reward system - Arch’s great question sort of touched on this but we will be looking to implement a system of ranks and rewards that will fictionally integrate our members into the clan’s Jedi, military and intelligence structures. Not to mention recognize individuals for being awesome. This will be a pretty big project that will be presented to the summit then the clan as a whole for review.
Post-Knight mentorship program - There’s a bit of a drop off after Knighthood that occurs when we hand someone their Knight saber (or whatever NFUs get) and tell them to go forth and conquer the galaxy. We have a wealth of knowledge within the clan and plenty of members will to improve themselves. Designing the logistics around such a program will require a dedicated team
Wiki updating and maintenance - It’s next sexy but there is no shortage of wiki work that needs to be done. The subunits will be handling their House and Team pages in 2016, but there are still clan pages that need updating or drafting.
Armed forces restructuring - This is something that I’ve been holding off on while possessions is pending (since we’ll have to re-buy all our stuff anyway). But I would like to assemble the working group of knowledgeable folks that will help clean up what we have and prep the purchase courses of action to the Consul and summit. Looking for members knowledgeable in either Star Wars space or ground warfare.
If you are interested in joining any of these projects please email myself and A’lora with which ones you are interested in helping on. I will be looking for team leaders to head up the respective projects. This is a great chance to step up and contribute to the clan in a concrete (and rewardable) way. Please consider carefully whether you actually have the time to commit to a project before signing up.
There is a pretty strong variety of competitions to sink your teeth into during the month of Janurary and more on the way...
DJB Episode VII Celebration! - Time is running out on these tie-in comps from the Dark Council.
The Life Day Games - Yes, the Life Day Games are still going strong. The Week 3 comps are coming to close and the Week 4 comps will finish strong. Don’t be a noob, get out there and game! Grab all the Crescents!!
KoA Crime Wave - Tisto and the Knights are on the hunt against a growing criminal threat in this great BT event. Scum and villainy ahoy!
Under New Management - Have you ever wanted to design a tavern? Nightclub? Gay bar? Well now’s your chance! Design an establishment to flesh out the Menat Ombo nightlife.
Facing the Mirror - What would your character be like as their opposite alignment? Evil Sith? Upstanding Jedi? Murderer? Hero? Explore it in this character development fiction comp.
The “Rule 63 Brotherhood - Shameless plug for a graphics comp I am running DB-wide. Depict a DB character as their opposite gender. I mean, who hasn’t wanted to see Turel in a dress?
You only wish you looked this good in a dress -- Artist rendering by Atyiru
A Moment in Time - Sharpen your description skills in this training fiction comp. Depict a single moment or action.
Tea on Tython - You’ve been invited to a tea party on New Tython by a mystery guest in this fiction comp. Is it a trap, is it just a excuse for Turel to wear his pink gown? You decide.
Development of New Tython - Another opportunity for world buildig on New Tython. This time it’s creating a whole city! The winning entry will be added to the wiki and featured in House or Clan fiction.
Mar - #AskTurel even though it's early days, is there anything you can tell us about the upcoming feud? What types of comps we will be facing, what robes I should wear etc
The details are still being looked through so if you have comps you want to see speak up. The fictional setting will be off-world in a conflict over Plagueis trying to enslave/exterminate some undesirables and us trying to protect them. It will be a very clear conflict between the clans.
As for events, we are looking at PVP gaming, graphics, fiction, puzzles, coop fiction and most definitely a battle plan. An RO is still an open question tbh.
Mar - #AskTurel How many credits did you spend covering up that business with Mar and that poor goat? :P
Not enough apparently because you’re asking about it in public :P
Liam - #AskTurel As an Avatar of Strife, do you have any tips for new ACCers looking to break into the Combat Center?
Practice makes perfect and read other matches actually. You get a feel for what judges look for when you deconstruct a match. Also find a style that works for you, for me it's comedy, that's my primary weapon in the ACC. The single biggest advice I can give in the ACC is remember it's about telling a story, always look at something through the reader's eye about "is this entertaining?" People often fall into the trap of treating it like a tabletop RPG and focusing on winning the in-character fight rather than focusing on story.
Gui - Why don't we try to touch base with the Jedi from other Clans?
Jedi in other clans is relatively new, you will likely see this come up in the future
Atty - #AskTurel what’s your favorite part about writing Turel as a character?
Hard to pick, but his sass mostly. He's kinda the avatar of my sense of humor in that regard, also he serves as a walking critique of other characters and larger plotlines. I don't break the 4th wall but I push at it. Very close second to his sass are the themes of redemption and struggle to live up to an ideal.
Pravus - #askTurel now that other clans have Jedi, should a Jedi planet, on par with Antei, be created in the DB?
Um, spoilers? (I hope). That is an interesting premise. I think so, as cool as New Tython is I am super stoked about Jedi spreading beyond our borders and a dedicated Jedi planet would serve as a neat rallying point. Maybe a future event with TAL and COU could flesh that planet out :P
Sa - #askTurel what is there can a men ever do to help the clan besides being in a leadership role?
This is a question I get a lot in one form or another. The clan needs each and every one of you and there are a multitude of ways you can help build up our little community, many of which you probably don’t even think about. There are formal projects like the wiki work Sa has been helping me with (thanks btw) but helping and encouraging your clanmates is a big one that people don’t think of. Spread the hype! Support competitions, submit competitions of your own, be a mentor, help someone proof their work. Heck even gaming with someone helps build the clan.
If you have an idea for how to build up our community be it fictional or otherwise don’t hesitate to bring it up. It may not get adopted, but it does get you noticed.
Archensova - A very late #askturel - any idea what a loyalist or merc CON/PCON/QUA/AED would look like? Lore-wise, those seem like they'd be Jedi-only positions.
Wow great question. Honestly this is one that the summit needs to address, how do NFUs fit into our lore as leaders? Well the current lore has the summit as a Jedi council of sorts called the Council of Urr. This will need some tweaking to include NFUs, most likely in the summit council becoming more like a traditional political body. Personally, I like the Knights of the Round Table aspect of our summit lore that we are all equal on the Council more or less. That’s kinda cool. But this will likely be a major project that I will probably tap you and other volunteers to help me with. Thanks for the question.
So I’ve done this before but I’m super proud to do it again. Members of the summit often don’t get their achievements trumpeted in a House or Battleteam report the way a regular member would. Odan-Urr is blessed with some outstanding leaders and I want everyone to know it. So without further ado:
I can’t brag on our intrepid rollmaster Xantros enough. He’s come in like a proverbial wrecking ball and exceeded all our expectations. We recently had the honor of promoting him to EQ3 for all the hard work he has put in recent years across his various positions. Be sure to pat him on the back if you see him.
Mar Sul has been and will continue to be a staple on the Council of Urr. He recently stepped down from Quaestor to tend to real life in a decision that I imagine took a great deal of soul searching. For his efforts in founding House Shan and drafting events such as our most recent Force Ascendant he was recently granted the clan title, but on this occasion as he takes a much deserved breather (and I say breather intentionally because his work is far from over). I wanted to thank him for his service on the sitting summit and recognize him publicly.
Our resident card shark, Gresee has always been one to think outside the box, try new things and ask the hard questions, especially about recruitment which is so crucial to our long term survival as a clan and a club. She has worked very diligently in the past to leverage the Pazaak community as a recruitment vehicle but was most recently recognized by Grand Master for providing some very crucial insight on the release of episode VII and how it impacts the club.
V’yr may be the Herald and performing herculean levels of work on behalf of the entire club but as a Councilor of Urr and will always be a part of this clan. He was promoted to EQ4 for the work he’s done for the clan and the Brotherhood. Hug a tree day is coming soon, but I say don’t wait, go ahead and grab him now. My friend, tree puns aside, you are a true inspiration to us all.
2016 is here, get hyped!
War is on the horizon...
Projects! Projects! Projects!
That’s it for now, stay tuned for teasers on the event in the upcoming Consul report.
Your humble servant,
Proconsul, Clan Odan-Urr
Oh and to any Plagueians (especially Slagar) reading this…
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