Quaestor Report #1: Welcome to the Jungle


Quaestor Report #1: Welcome to the Jungle

House Ektrosis - Quaestor Report

Hello everyone, and welcome to my first House Ektrosis report under my new tenure in leadership as your Quaestor. Before I say anything, I'd like to thank our former leader Justinios Drake for his exemplary leadership of the House. A beacon of activity in his own right, Justinios took over Ektrosis as a Knight and saw it through it's rebirth to its current state. His focus and determination is something the new summit hopes to live up to.

This will be a fairly short report by the house leadership given that things are just picking back up following RoS: Meridian and due to the freshness of this summit's incarnation will not feature any awards. Still, be sure to read on as there will be a section of valuable information on the new Sphere of Research and Intelligence and upcoming things you can look forward to!

Getting To Know Your Quaestor

For those of you here who do not know me, my name is Brandon. My main character (and dossier name) is Nihlus Vexrii, a former-Sith-turned-Force Disciple who's obsessed with Sith technology, sculpting, and engineering - making him a near perfect fit to lead the Sphere of Research and Intelligence. He's not necessarily power hungry, just hungry for new knowledge. My immediate goals with House Ektrosis are to build on the foundations laid by Justinios in his work as Quaestor, and continue (albeit with mine/Morax's personal touches) some of the work that he had almost finished. Still, there's going to be some big stuff coming that might be different from his original vision and I'm really looking forward to providing you with the best content I can. In the long term, I want to see us dominating Clan events and forging our own name in the Brotherhood.

In the real life side of things, I'm a shingle-roofer by trade with experience in a couple different skilled trades - leading to long and homely winters with you folks. I have a wife who I adore, and is carrying our already-named son Maverick who is due to join us in June. Yes, I'll be able to say "Mav's the worst!" as a daily thing and no one will know the reference. It's kind of awesome. With my wife's pregnancy in mind, the only time you should see me disengage from the House is during Maverick's arrival and for a few weeks afterwards - during which time I'll entrust most of the daily leadership duties to my deputy.

If you have any problems, questions, concerns, never hesitate to track me down and reach out. I can be reached at [Log in to view e-mail addresses] or through my TG moniker, @nooobis .

Major News

Ektrosis Telegram Chat

Since House Archanis has been revived, Justinios decided it was time we re-open the House Ektrosis Telegram Channel. We believe we've got everyone added but should you be missing, let us know and we'll add you ASAP.

Summit Changes

As reported in Rian’s most recent Consul Report (the Christmas edition) I’m not the only change to our House leadership. Appointed alongside me as Aedile was Morax Darkblade, who some of you may remember from his last stint in Taldryan. I’m sure if you haven’t met him, you will shortly. His door is also always open for any issues you may have.

The Caelus Chronicles: Chapter V - ENDGAME

The final chapter of the Caelus Chronicles (1.0) is underway, and runs from Dec/23rd through Jan/31st. This chapter will see the events that unfold following Taldryan's return to the Caelus System after the Rite at space station Meridian. There are six different events to compete in, all of which are now running!

There are plenty of crescents (and credits!) up for grabs, with the chance to secure the unofficial title of Hero of Caelus. Participate in as many as you can and drive the Clan's storyline!

SRI Mini Project #1 - Assemble The Fleet

During the final chapter of the Caelus Chronicles, I'm also running the first SRI Mini Project. The purpose of this competition is to allow you, the membership, the chance at producing the "blueprint" that we will use to construct the Sphere of Research and Intelligence’s naval assets. The winning submission from Arvalis "Kaz" Raith for the SRI Project #3: Letter to the Commander competition will be used as a rough blueprint for the SRI's ground assets.

In The Works - At A Glance

SRI Military Asset Finalization

  • Status: [in progress, 50%] Estimated Launch: Early February
  • As stated above, we’ve got our “blueprint” for the Ground Forces. Our short-term purchases for the SRI’s ground forces will be given to Rian in short order to be slotted appropriately
  • Once SRI Mini Project #1 wraps up we’ll deliver our naval asset purchases, and get those slotted before February’s SRI Project kicks off
  • At that point, almost any SRI military asset can be used in SRI competitions to complete the objectives and add a fictional boost to your entries!

Sphere of Research and Intelligence 2.0

SRI Path Image

  • Status: [in progress: 70%] Estimated Launch: Early February
  • Prior to his departure from the House Summit, Justinios was hard at work on an intense revamp of how the SRI operates. This shouldn’t take long to polish and release to you guys.
  • This new system will see the elimination of the existing morality system and is intended to provide you guys the individual motivation to support one of the two divisions, with the option of also conducting operations with/for the SRI.
  • This changes will lead us into the second year of the SRI, and first year of Taldryan back as a two-house Clan. More on those specifics that below.
  • Ektrosis will be embracing a more specialized “path” system that awards you perks based on your advancement down a chosen path. While it will share the same structure as Archanis, the specifics will be much different.


At the time of writing, there's a ton of different competitions going on that you can participate in to earn some sweet credits, awards, and recognition towards bigger-ticket stuff!

Brotherhood Wide

Monthly Competitions

Short running competitions, whether they be individual or a series are a great option for members that are looking for something quick to do and don't necessarily want to invest in a multi-month competition.

Competition Type Running Time
Holiday In A Galaxy Much Closer to Home Fiction 2018-12-17 - 2019-01-05
Intelligence Dossier Other 2018-12-22 - 2019-01-05
The Ghosts of Sithmas Past (7 sub-competitions) Other 2018-12-01 - 2019-01-06
Destiny 2 - Gambit Trials (3 sub-competitions) M.P. Gaming 2018-12-12 - 2019-01-12
Fancy disguise GFX/Multimedia 2018-12-18 - 2019-01-17

Long-Running/Series Competitions [1+ Month Running Time]

For those looking to 'dig-in' and potentially earn the bigger crescents and invest in competitions that can span from two months to a year, there's also a healthy list to enjoy.

Competition Type Running Time
DJB Speed Dating (The Sequel) Fiction 2018-11-30 - 2019-01-31
Darth Vader Winter Puzzle Series Puzzles 2018-12-02 - 2019-03-23
[FIST] Quarterly Gaming Challenge - Q1 2019 (4-sub competitions) Gaming Series 2019-01-01 - 2019-03-31
One Epic Year Of Trivia (12-sub competitions) Trivia 2018-06-01 - 2019-05-31
[Multi-Month Fiction] The Seven Levels of Hell Fiction Series 2018-12-02 - 2019-07-03
[Multi-Month Fiction] The Seven Deadly Sins Fiction Series 2018-12-02 - 2019-07-03
[FIST] Destiny 2: Last Wish Club First M.P. Gaming 2018-09-14 - 2019-12-31
Andrelious' chatroom trivia! Trivia 2015-11-11 - 2020-11-11


And here is the list of competitions available to you as members of House Ektrosis. At the current juncture, the Caelus Chronicles (yes, I re-listed Chapter V comps) dominate this list! Make sure you get those submissions in!

Competition Type Running Time Organizer
The Caelus Chronicles - A Taldryan Story Clan Development Series 2018-02-10 - 2019-01-31 Consul Augur Rian Taldrya
C.C. Chapter V: Endgame - Fiction #1 Fiction 2018-12-23 - 2019-01-09 Consul Augur Rian Taldrya
C.C. Chapter V: Endgame - Puzzle Puzzle 2018-12-23 - 2019-01-09 Consul Augur Rian Taldrya
C.C. Chapter V: Endgame - Graphics GFX/Multimedia 2018-12-23 - 2019-01-09 Consul Augur Rian Taldrya
C.C. Chapter V: Endgame - Fiction #2 Fiction 2019-01-01 - 2019-01-31 Consul Augur Rian Taldrya
C.C. Chapter V: Endgame - Flashgame Flashgame 2019-01-01 - 2019-01-31 Consul Augur Rian Taldrya
Chapter V: Endgame - Trivia Trivia 2019-01-01 - 2019-01-31 Consul Augur Rian Taldrya
Maximum Brevity Series Fiction Series 2015-11-26 - 2019-12-25 Quaestor Warlord Andrelious J. Mimosa-Inahj
SRI Mini Project #1: Assemble The Fleet Fleet Building Exercize 2018-12-22 - 2019-01-31 Quaestor Savant Nihlus Vexrii
Maximum Brevity Series Fiction Series 2015-11-26 - 2019-12-25 Quaestor Warlord Andrelious J. Mimosa-Inahj


A Lesson On Double-Checking

Always double check your work before submitting. This includes everything from your ACC posts, pieces of fiction, and any other submission you upload to the DB site, to things like report formatting and your own competition details when grading competitions. It's easy to miss a minor detail that will throw your whole day off if you're not careful.

For example, one might run a competition series and make a simple mistake during grading all of the competitions in said series that requires a complete re-grading of the series so far.

  • This kind of mistake has repercussions not just for the competition organizer (who must do their work again) but also for the Master At Arms staff (for having to edit the closed competitions) and the Regent staff (for having to edit credit values) by putting an additional, avoidable workload on them.
  • By double checking your work, simple mistakes can be elimated almost entirely. Applies to competitions submissions and competition runners, no one likes

My next report will come on the heels of the Caelus Chronicles, and usher in the next phase of the SRI for you all. As a whole, the Taldryan summits have big plans for everyone in 2019 and we're looking forward to delivering on that. Prior to releasing my next report I'll conduct a small AMA (Ask Me Anything) with the Clan and include it, with hopefully some nice awards as well!

Thanks for reading, until next time...

Nihlus Vexrii, Quaestor of House Ektrosis

Nice report bossman! Looking forward to working with you and going forward!

I never thought of pasting the competition page directly into a report. Nice idea!

I didn't, I wrote it all out by hand! :P

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