In the quiet solitude of the Herald's office, Socorra felt a chill run down her spine the moment she heard the humming of her communicator signalling that she was needed. Normally she was the one making the calls - organising the details of plans, marshalling her staff to where they needed to be, confirming orders and making deals. However, this time she was the one on the receiving end - and deep down in her bones she knew who it was on the other end of the line.
Keying the communications panel built into her desk, she was greeted by the holographic black-cloaked form of the Grand Master. "Yes, milord?" asked the Herald immediately, reclining into the comfort of her seat. "What can I do for you?"
There was a moment's pause as Muz Ashen composed his next sentence, weaving it as carefully as the tapestry of fate that he toyed with. "The war approaches quickly and I have need of your talents, Socorra. Are you and your office prepared to carry out your duties?"
She nodded, choosing the wordless response - this was a sombre moment, one whose sanctity she dared not violate. Her duty was clear to her, at least. Much of her job had been taught to her by her predecessor and mentor in the role of Herald, Orv Dessrx d'Tana Arconae, until his untimely demise at the hands of Esoteric. She was an excellent hand for wetwork, for a Herald was rarely in the Antei system - always out in the wider galaxy, making deals, confirming supply lines for the Brotherhood. Occasionally this put her in the right location to bury the knife into the backs of an unsuspecting and disloyal target. On the eve of the invasion of Korriban, what was her mission?
Her resolve as steel, she knew there was only one truth to the unbidden subtext of the Grand Master's words: succeed, or die.
"What would you have us do?"
To be continued...
Ladies and gentlemen, it brings me great pleasure to bring you this report on behalf of the Herald's office. With Herald Style Hanukkah in development (and our collective brains all being overloaded with learning goodness and oh my god graphics how do I even), we'd like to take a short break from being enslaved to our mice and graphics tablets to update you guys on the goings-on in the club. Much like the retail industry, this is our holiday rush, so we want to keep you all in the know.
It's been three-ish months since our last full report, so let's dive right in.
For those of you new to the Brotherhood, Herald Style Hanukkah is our way of giving gifts to the club. Our annual tradition is to release a massive stack of new robes and sabers at the end of the year. Obviously I'm not going to spoil your holiday presents early - so no, you guys don't get a sneak peek. ;)
You may have seen the announcement that the Herald office has closed up for custom lightsaber and warbanner requests during this period, as it is extremely labour-intensive for us to put out all this content (Every saber we design has 35 permutations for order and blade!). If you put in a request during this time, we will not be processing it until HSH is over. We'll announce when requests are open again for graphics.
Mirus, why the hell are you announcing warbanner changes when we can't even request them?
Because these changes have been ready to go for a while now and we got a little distracted working on HSH. Our bad.
We have three major updates that we'll be announcing here:
Until we update the warbanner request form, please note the unit pattern in the comments section of your warbanner requests.
We've had a fair few requests come in recently for some interesting types of weapon - anything from a magic stick to some slightly fancy lightsabers. I'll address the whole pile of requests in a single, sweeping go:
The awesome folks over at the recruitment team on Facebook have put together a weekly outpouring of the best sabers and warbanners, featuring some really cool new stuff every week. We've put in our recommendations for some of these, but a lot of these are picked by the awesome Tribune and his team. Definitely check it out; it's a good way to see some of the really cool stuff you may not get to look at otherwise.
Speaking of cool stuff, I'm going to feature something that isn't often seen on a dossier: the Order warbanners. These little badasses become available at Equite 2, and are available to Dark path members. Each of them is unique to the member: for example, Roxas and Korras aka Darth Aeternus both feature the Obelisk warbanner, but they're very vastly different. Mark is a proud bearer of his Sith warbanner displaying all his fighter kills. (Some of them anyway, he argues, because waah waah I'm an ace they should be red waaah TIE Fighter :P)
However, one warbanner we don't see very often is the Krath one. It makes reference to the arcane nature of study and lore, where so much information can be found on ancient scrolls. Esoteric runes make for decoration and wax seals hold sigils in place. So, here it is!
Being Herald staff, the nature of this lightsaber is very important to us. There have been tons of newsposts about it recently and I'm going to bring out two videos from some of my favourite people on the planet addressing the issue:
Personally I like the design as it stands. Not so much a fan of the new sound effect they use, but hey, whatever. Minor personal gripe for an otherwise awesome weapon.
<RianAslar> So a question to the PHRLD, can you do a video like you guys did for the lightsaber creation in photoshop for the blades as well?
This one's actually a really easy thing to do - I'll drum up a quick tutorial for it at some point. Really quickly and without much detail, in terms of Photoshop: you want a white line with a pointed tip (use the pen tool or make a white line and erase to your needs), then apply an outer glow to it on the layer blending options - adjust according to size (for a full-length saber size like on the selector, you want 100% opacity and about spread 15 size 15 - fix to your taste; spread intensifies the colour). Finally, put a gaussian blur on it of about 0.5-1.0 pixel radius. A saber blade is about a 20-second job when you know what to do :)
If anyone else does have art questions, don't hesitate to send them our way - we do enjoy making tutorials and stuff!
<Furios> PHRLD why isn't lingerie an option in the robe selection?
Because, Furios, I'm pretty sure you didn't want me to tell anyone that you cross-dress in your spare time.
<Gon_Doru> What exactly does the Heralds office do, in corralation (sp) with the rest of the Dark Council?
We'll be exploring that shortly - we ourselves have wanted an answer to it, so we've decided to do just that. The little fiction bit above? Expect it to be released very soon, and that should answer your question in a little more detail than we've already hinted at.
<Celevon> Kiwi: How much do you enjoy your job?
Immensely. I not only get to work with talented people, I'm doing something fun, learning a lot of stuff along the way and doing something that matters to the club. We all know I suck as an AED/QUA (yes, I accept this fact), but I enjoyed that far less than I do this - this is something I'm good at and that I like doing. I feel like I've found my niche, y'know?
This time around I was going to do what Muz normally does and feature some artwork. However, since the DB's going to Reddit, I'm going to share something I found months ago while trawling Reddit: /r/StarshipPorn - and no, there aren't naked sexy starship pinups (sorry, Tarax). Instead this is a slowly-growing collection of some of the best starship art from around the internets. It features everything from Star Wars to Star Trek, to Battlestar Galactica - even stuff like Firefly and Starcraft! Check it out if you like any of the following: art, starships, sci-fi, pretty pictures, colours or explosions.
It's nice to write a report every now and then (unlike most people who dread reports, I love writing them. Weird, I know). I would like to say thanks to the awesome Herald team currently slaving away at their graphics - thanks, dudes.
In the meantime, please look forward to HSH!
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