Good morning, campers!
It's been a month to the day since I took over as Quaestor, and as you may have noticed, things have been crazy busy. Shadow Gate has a new Gate Steward(ess), Styx has been decommissioned, we've released a new Faction system for Arcona and released Episode II of Sins of the Past.
Internally, your Summit has been hard at work getting organized, planning out projects, and basically learning about this wacky concept called Project Management. We have a number of items in the pipeline that you'll be hearing about over the next few months, from wiki revamps to unit plotlines to public unit reviews. A huge shout out to Kordath, K'tana and Zujenia who have taken all of these changes in stride. They're rockstars, and I can't express enough how lucky I am to have them on my team. <3
As if that weren't hectic enough, we just got done moving IRL. Though we're still working on decorating (our new place is roughly twice the square footage of our old, so there's a lot of empty space to be filled), it's been terrific, if tiring.
Also, Pokemon Go. All the Pokemon Go.
Pidgies For Days!
Table of Contents
- Crescent Leaderboard
- Query The Quaestor
- Closing Words
Nothing this month. Instead, why not go check out the latest Clan updates Atyiru & I wrote for Sins of the Past? You can find them all here.
Seriously, go on, read it!
- The biggest piece of news is the Grand Master's latest report. There's a ton of information in here on the state of Possessions, changes to Character Sheets, Wiki updates, upcoming fictional changes for the Brotherhood and a new position opening on the Dark Summit. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend you go do so now!
- In addition to the changes the Grand Master has highlighted, there have been a number of adjustments to how Clusters of Ice are awarded. Full details can be found in the Voice's Report or on the relevant wiki page.
- You can check out Uji's first Proconsul Report. It has a ton of information, and an extensive Q&A, so I strongly suggest you guys give it a read.
- Kordath also released his latest Rollmaster Round Up earlier this month. Make sure to give it a gander!
- I'll discuss this in more detail under Competitions, however the second Episode of Sins of the Past has been released. Don't miss your chance to leave your mark on the Clan's fictional direction by submitting to the competition!
- As many of you are probably aware, the Summit has put together a Faction system to help people find their character's place in the ever shifting waters that are our Clan's fictional tides. You can find full details in the latest Consul Report, or the TL;DR in the charts below. This is a work in progress, so if you have any questions, need any clarification, or have suggestions, don't hesitate to let me know.
I'm sure we'll still get along fine.
We've got mixed news here, both good and bad, so let's dive right in.
- With the departure of Aexod, flagging recruitment and an overall lack of interest, we've decided to shutter Styx for the time being. While we might revisit it as an option later, for now the existing members have been transferred to Shadow Gate. Sad though this is, I have little doubt that our numbers will grow over the next few months. When that happens, we'll be revisiting the idea of maintaining two battleteams within House Qel-Droma.
- On a positive note, Zujenia has stepped up and offered to help K'tana keep you miscreants in Shadow Gate in line. Everyone make sure you congratulate her on her new position as Battleteam Sergeant. She has a bright future ahead of her, and we're all very excited about what she can bring to the table.
- As I mentioned above, I'll be hiring an Aedile in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled for that announcement if you're interesting in applying for the position.
- Don't forget to check out K'tana and Zuji's latest Shadow Gate Report. It's full of googley eyes and gifs!
None at the moment. House- and Battleteam-level competitions have been temporarily suspended to allow people to focus on their submissions for Sins of the Past.
Sins of the Past
shamelessly stolen from brought to you by Atyiru!
Welcome back to Sins of the Past! As you'll recall, this is a series of 4-week events that will help shape the fictional landscape of the Shadow Clan. Plot updates will be sent out over the Arcona mailing list on a weekly basis, as well as made available on the Brotherhood’s Discourse. Remember, your submissions will help shape what does and doesn't become part of the new Arcona Canon, so get excited if you're not already...which you should be (hiiiint hint).
You can find all the competitions for this Episode here, including the Special Event, this time a retro style ACC Race that hearkens back to the days when Sashar/Teroch was Combat Master. The goal is to win as many matches (and lose as few matches) as possible during Episode II. Further details (as well as how to sign up) can be found in the relevant sub-competition. This event is worth a lot of points, so don't miss it! Remember that you're practicing your ACC writing skills for the War,
my loves space cowboys. If at first you don't succeed, fight, fight, AND FIGHT AGAIN!
Just look at all these active matches right now. You've all completed just as many. Now double that number, Arconans. DOUBLE IT! LET ME SEE WHAT YOU'VE GOT!
We're already knee-deep in the thick of it, with Week II's dramatic updates already released, so be sure to check out all the updates on our Discourse thread if you miss or lose an email in the depths of that inbox!
Don't worry though. I've read ahead, and everything turns out just fine…
Err, I mean…
Additional competitions can be found in the Competition Center.
- Socorra has rejoined the ranks of House Qel-Droma. Let's all give the former HQD Quaestor a warm welcome!
- Hamil was recruited by Zujenia. Let's not scar her too badly her first week.
- Projects are finally starting to come together.
- Possessions is really happening. Really. I can't overstate how excited I am about this.
- Sins of the Past Episode II: Attack of the Clone
- Atyiru's other wife has rejoined Qel-Droma. Let the jokes commence.
Below you will find the numbers used to determine the scoring and the leaderboard itself.
- Diamond: 7
- Ruby: 6
- Amethyst: 5
- Sapphire: 4
- Emerald: 3
- Topaz: 2
- Quartz: 1
As usual, Strategos knocked it out of the park!
That's the right sport, right?
Query the Quaestor
This is a new section I'm trying out. I always figured you guys got enough of me babbling on without something like this...but apparently they're popular, so let's give it a try!
- "How can mirrors be real, if our eyes aren't real?" — Julie
I know, this one doesn't fit the theme. But it's the #BestAttyGif ever.
- "How's the wiki and timeline stuff coming along?" — Celevon
- We have a number of members working diligently on updates to their assigned wiki articles. Hopefully you should see the first of those get released in the next couple weeks.
- He also wants to know: "Do you have any objections to any particular parts of Ol'val getting burned down?"
- "What is Terran's opinion on the Teroch incidents?" — Zuji
- For the first time since joining up with Arcona, he's actually really impacted by something that has happened. As an orphan, Terran feels that what Teroch did to those children is inexcusable. The erratic clone needs to be put down for good!
- "What's Terran's take on the New Order/Purge/all this business?" — Atty
- Could be worse. At least he's not Hitler. I mean, it's not like he's built a cult of personality around himself and committed genocide against millions…
- "Can you fix my arm?" — Xenna
- "Is it possible in this day and age, to wear a fedora, without looking really dumb?" — Julie
- "Would you rather fist fight Grievous or attack Sidious with a spoon?" — Xenna
- I'm pretty sure I'm forked either way.
- "Who is best Sith Lord (Legends included)?" — Julie
- Revan, without a doubt. I was really hoping they'd continue the trend with Jacen that Matthew Stover started in Traitor, but unfortunately that was too
interesting morally ambiguous for Lucas Books, so they instead just made him stupid and evil. So definitely Revan.
- "Can I be in your next fiction update?" — Mord
Seriously though: the next one is already planned out (as is the rest of this Episode). There might be a spot open in the next Episode, though, if you're still interested. :)
- "If Terran had to pick one male character in the Clan to have a same-sex fling with, who would it be?" — Turel
- Who says it would be a fling?
There you have it, boys and girls! You've got plot updates to read, competitions to win, and a lovely Summit (myself excluded) to support each and every one of you. We're hard at work trying to make House Qel-Droma the vibrant, ass-kicking House we all know it can be. You'll be seeing a number of updates over the coming months to long-standing projects that are finally seeing some movement. I promise. For real this time.
For those of you who made it this far: why Quaestor Report #5? I decided to continue numbering them from the last time I was QUA of HQD. Both for continuity, and as a reminder to myself that I was really bad at putting them out regularly in the past, and you guys deserve better this time around.
Augur Terran Koul
Quaestor, House Qel-Droma