Dark Brotherhood Basics

1. Introduction

You sit at your desk in a cold, dark room of the Shadow Academy; the chill of the unknown is overwhelming as you look up at a light flickering above you. You hear whispers all around, but you cannot see any faces. Your heart beats faster in anticipation. At the front of the room, a door slowly slides open with a dull hiss. You hear heavy footsteps approach. The sound of walking ceases as the door slides shut again. Silence takes over the room as the whispers stop and the only sound you can hear is the heavy beating of your heart. Suddenly, the lights blink on and a man in heavy robes stands before the class. "Welcome to Dark Brotherhood Basic Training," says the man.

Welcome to the Dark Brotherhood Basics course. The purpose of this course is to give you a basic understanding of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood (“DJB”) and set you on a path to greater power in the Dark Side. At this point, you should have been assigned to a Clan and welcomed by its leaders. If you have not received a welcome email yet, please reach out to one of the points-of-contact in the email you received from the Dark Jedi Brotherhood when you joined.

2. Information Sources

All of the information in this course can be found at the following links:

  • The Codex of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood: Contains information on the Brotherhood’s structure, ranks and awards, as well as some related histories.
  • The Dark Covenant of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood: The Covenant is the legal document of the Brotherhood. It contains valuable information regarding your rights as a member, as well as important articles on conduct and reprimands.
  • The Dark Jedi Brotherhood Wiki: The Wiki contains a vast and ever-expanding amount of information on the Brotherhood, its members and leaders.
  • The Dark Brotherhood Website: This is the nerve center of the Brotherhood. Use it to access any of the above repositories and more, including news reports that keep you informed of what is happening around the Brotherhood.

3. History of the Brotherhood

The Dark Jedi Brotherhood has a rich history. Founded in 1995, the DJB is one of the oldest continuously operating Star Wars clubs on the internet. Fictionally, the DJB was founded around 3,900 years before the Battle of Yavin (“BBY”) when the powerful Dark Jedi Okemi, Tiamat, and Ferran formed a group known as the Triumvirate. Around 2,950 BBY, Tiamat lost control of a ritual attempting to harness the power of a star, plunging the Antei system into darkness. The Triumvirate collapsed. After nearly 3,000 years, a Sith named Kane Vader was approached by a single emissary of the deceased Sith Lord Okemi. In secret, Kane Vader assumed the mantle of Grand Master & Lord of the Star Chamber (the organization the Triumvirate had created thousands of years previously).

Using his influence in the Empire, Kane Vader recruited more members and secretly positioned himself to replace Emperor Palpatine. In the fourth year after the Battle of Yavin (“ABY”), both Palpatine and his apprentice Darth Vader perished on the Second Death Star at the Battle of Endor. The Empire broke into warring factions as high ranking officers fought one another to carry out the Emperor’s contingency plan and to fill the power vacuum created by the Emperor’s death. Meanwhile, Kane Vader used the chaos in the galaxy to found what we now call the Dark Jedi Brotherhood in 5 ABY. Not long after, the Brotherhood formed an alliance of convenience with a remnant Imperial fleet known as the Emperor's Hammer.

After a few years, Kane Vader grew restless, appointing his apprentice Jedgar Paladin as the new Grand Master before retiring to the Known Regions of space. In 13 ABY, with Grand Master Firefox at its head, the Dark Jedi Brotherhood broke from the Emperor's Hammer in an event later called the Exodus. During the Exodus, the Dark Jedi Brotherhood fled Imperial space for the recently-rediscovered Antei system, which was surrounded by a shroud of gas and ionized particles that prevented most non-Force-users from navigating the system. The Brotherhood established its base on the planet Antei.

More information can be found on the Wiki or Chapter 15 of the Codex.

4. Paths & Orders of the Brotherhood

Historically, the Dark Jedi Brotherhood had been home predominantly to those that call on the Dark Side of the Force for power. However, under Grand Master Muz Ashen, that began to change; a group of Jedi on the planet of New Tython fought the Brotherhood, but ultimately turned into unlikely, and uneasy, allies. Since then, the Brotherhood has also acknowledged the members within its ranks known as Force Disciples, who seek a balance between the Light and the Dark. Today, even non-Force-users are counted among the Brotherhood’s ranks. Though it can be a lot to take in for someone new to our Brotherhood, these choices allow you the freedom to chart your own course to a degree previously unheard of in our history while still being an integral part of our community.

4.1 Paths

In the current state of the Brotherhood, there are three paths a member of our organization can choose to walk: the Light, the Dark, and the Gray. These represent the side of the Force a character draws upon (regardless of whether they can actually use the Force), and may influence how you view and interact with the world around you. Someone on the Light Path, for instance, is very likely to find high value in justice and fairness; a person on the Dark Path, on the other hand, might prefer deceit and aggression. Someone on the Gray Path often tries to find as much of a balance between these two extremes as possible - as you can guess, this is sometimes easier said than done, making the Gray Path, at times, the most difficult of the three to follow.

4.2 Orders

Where a path represents the side of the Force a character draws upon or is affiliated with, the order you’ve chosen is more akin to a profession, and not all of them are limited to certain paths. Force users are the easiest to group, as their philosophical alignment determines which order they belong to: those who walk the Light Path are typically members of the Jedi Order; those that instead subscribe to the Dark Path are usually part of the Sith Order; and finally, Force users that don’t see the galaxy in black and white and, therefore, follow the Gray Path, are members of the Order of the Force Disciple.

The most complex aspect of this system is that Dark and Light Path Force users may choose to join the Order of the Force Disciple instead of the Sith or Jedi. For example, a Light Path member who does not adhere to the structure or beliefs of the Jedi may opt to join the more loosely-aligned and less strictly Light-side adherent Force Disciples without having to change to walk the Gray Path. The same goes for a Dark Path member who does not associate with the Sith, except that member’s Dark Path “version” of the Order of the Force Disciple is called the Dark Jedi Order.

All three paths are open to non-Force users (NFUs), and, as such, individuals of varying philosophies can be found within the two “professions” open to NFUs. They are divided into two camps: the first are the Loyalists, who have pledged their complete support militarily to whichever unit they are a part of; the second are the Mercenaries, whose support instead goes to the highest bidder. Again, both Loyalists and Mercenaries can be a part of any of the three paths. For example, a Light Path Loyalist is someone who fights for the honor of his or her Clan and exemplifies the honorable warrior, while a Dark Path Loyalist is completely ruthless in their devotion to their Clan.

More information can be found in Chapter 2 of the Codex.

5. Brotherhood Structure

The DJB is organized into a hierarchical structure with the Dark Council, led by the Grand Master, holding the highest positions. To explain it, let us start at the bottom. At the very base level of the club, you have Battle Teams which are small units led by a Battle Team Leader. Above the Battle Team, you have the House, which is led by a Quaestor. Houses are part of a Clan, led by a Consul. It should be noted that not all houses and/or clans will have battle teams, and battle teams might not exist within a house, but under direct governance of the clan. The below graphic should help to explain this a bit further:

Structure

The Dark Council is made of the following members:

  • Grand Master (GM): The Grand Master is the leader of the Dark Brotherhood, responsible for everything that happens within the club and its members.
  • Deputy Grand Master (DGM): The Deputy Grand Master is the right hand of the Grand Master, and assists him with the daily running of the club.
  • Master-at-Arms (MAA): The Master-at-Arms is responsible for approving any and all awards given to members, competitions that are run, and other changes in the database (such as name changes, unit transfers, etc).
  • Headmaster (HM): The Headmaster is responsible for the education of all members of the club, from the newest recruit to the saltiest Elder.
  • Herald (HRLD): The Herald is responsible for all club graphics, including custom lightsabers, war banners, and avatars.
  • Seneschal (SCL): The Seneschal oversees the efficient, safe, and secure running of the club’s website and database.
  • Justicar (JST): The Justicar is the arbiter of the Dark Covenant, the set of rights and responsibilities of the members of the club and its leaders. They are in charge of handling any complaints about breaches of those rights and responsibilities.
  • Voice of the Brotherhood (VOICE): The Voice of the Brotherhood is in charge of all fiction and writing-related activities of the club.
  • Fist of the Brotherhood (FIST): The Fist of the Brotherhood is in charge of all gaming activities of the club.
  • Regent (RGT): The Regent is solely tasked with the management, development, and upkeep of the possessions system.

Each Councillor has a staff supporting him in his duties. The chief assistant of the Councillor is the Praetor, and each Councillor is allowed one. Below the Praetor are the Magistrates. Each Councillor is allowed to have as many of these as necessary for their duties. Some members of the Dark Council have additional, specialised staff supporting them. For example, the Headmaster has the most extensive staff in the Brotherhood; consisting of Professors and Docents, while the Justicar has a staff consisting of two Hands of Justice and three Appeal Panelists.

There are also a few special members that are not Dark Council members, but serve the club in big ways. These members are a part of the Dark Summit. They are:

  • Combat Master (CM): The Combat Master oversees the Antei Combat Center (ACC) with help from the Voice.
  • Wiki Tribune (T:W): The Wiki Tribune is responsible for maintaining and overseeing the Dark Jedi Brotherhood Wiki, an open-source site where people can write their character’s background in great detail, among other things.
  • Social Media Tribune(T:SM): The Social Media Tribune oversees the official DB Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts to help encourage people to join and show the world what we are about.

You also have Clan and House Leadership, which are organized into groups called Summits. A Clan Summit is made up of the Consul (abbreviated CON) and his or her chief assistant, the Proconsul (PCON). Below that sits the House Summit, which is made up of the leader of the House - the Quaestor (QUA) - and his or her assistant, the Aedile (AED).

More information can be found in Chapter 1 of the Codex.

6. Brotherhood Ranks

Every member of the DJB has a rank that shows their level of experience within the club and, fictionally, grants greater powers as they advance. Much like the command structure, the rank structure is hierarchical. At the top is the rank of Grand Master, which is only attainable by serving as the Grand Master. Below that is what we call the Elder tier - these are the most experienced members of the club, with extensive leadership experience typically on the scale of years as opposed to months. Next are the Equites, who have and continue to obtain experience as members of the club and are normally the “up and comers” in leadership. Below this we have the Journeyman tier, comprised of members who have shown a general understanding of the Club. Finally, at the bottom are the Novitiate ranks, comprised of new members of the Brotherhood who are working hard to prove themselves.

All five Orders of the Brotherhood share the same general rank structure, with 4 Novitiate ranks, 4 Journeymen ranks, 4 Equite ranks, 3 Elder ranks, and 1 Grand Master rank. However, each Order follows different naming conventions for at least some ranks. For instance, all three Force-using Orders (Sith, Jedi, and Force Disciples) call their fourth (and highest) Journeyman rank “Knight,” so that every Force user who reaches the final Journeyman rank will be a “Knight” regardless of Order. At the first Equite rank, though, all three Force-using Orders have different rank names: Warrior (Sith), Mystic (Force Disciple), and Peacekeeper (Jedi). Likewise, the two non-Force-using Orders (Loyalists and Mercenaries) have totally distinct names for every rank above the second Journeyman rank (Apprentice), with the notable exception of Grand Master.

The key thing to remember is that the names given to each rank are purely aesthetic and matter less than the rank level. For example, a character can gain access to a custom lightsaber or weapon at Equite 2, regardless of what that rank is called by the character’s chosen order. Similarly, access to additional Force powers and skills is based on reaching certain rank levels (again, without regard to what that rank might be called).

Steps

More information can be found in Chapter 8 of the Codex.

7. Identification System

With all of the different information about members, including their ranks, positions and orders, there was a need for a visual way to organize it all. From this need, the identification system was created.

If you look at anyone someone's dossier, you'll notice their ID line at the very top, and it will look something like this:

Seer Mako Henymory (Force Disciple) / M:FIST / House Sunrider of Clan Odan-Urr [SA: VII] [GMRG: X] [ACC: Q] [INQ: X] GCx2 / SC / ACx2 / DCx5 / GN / Cr:1D-6R-9A-10S-18E-5T-4Q / PoBx21 / CFx4024 / CIx92 / CEx2628 / SI / SotM / LS / SoL / S:2D-11Rn-14Cr-11Rv {SA: MVH - MVWD - MVWS - DPE - DPV - SVP}

7.1 Line 1

The first line can be used by itself as a means of identification. Its various parts of the first line can be distinguished as:

Seer Mako Henymory (Force Disciple) / M:FIST / House Sunrider of Clan Odan-Urr [SA: VII] [GMRG: X] [SYN: V] [ACC: Q] [INQ: VI]

  • Seer = In every ID-line, the rank of the member comes first.
  • Mako Henymory = The rank indication is immediately followed by the member's full name. In this case, Mako Henymory.
  • (Force Disciple) = After the member's name, we find the Order to which he/she belongs. This is easy to find, for it is the only part that is enclosed in parentheses. In this case, Mako belongs to the Order of the Force Disciple.
  • M:FIST = After the first "/" we find the position(s) that are currently held by the member in question. This varies between every member, and is always presented as the acronym(s) for the position(s). Mako is a Magistrate (second assistant) to the Fist. Other common position acronyms are things such as BTL (Battle Team Leader), AED (Aedile, or second in command of a House), QUA (Quaestor, or first in command of a house), or CON (Consul, or leader of a Clan). There are plenty of others, as well!
  • House Sunrider of Clan Odan-Urr = After the second "/" we find the unit our member is a part of. In this case, Mako is a member of House Sunrider, which is part of Clan Odan-Urr

After this, we find the square brackets that enclose the ranks a member holds in the subgroups that we call societies:

  • [SA: VII] = Member is a part of the Shadow Academy Society, a society for members who have taken courses in the Shadow Academy. Mako is at rank seven, represented by the corresponding Roman numeral.
  • [GMRG: X] = Member is a part of the GMRG - the Grand Master's Royal Guard - rank ten. You can earn ranks in the GMRG by gaming and participating in gaming-related competitions. Take the GMRG History course on the Shadow Academy to become rank one and start down the path to become rank twelve!
  • [SYN: V] = Member is a part of the Shroud Syndicate, a society that rewards the artists in our club. Mako has reached rank five in this society. You can rank up by running and participating in art competitions, as well as doing other graphics-related tasks.
  • [ACC: Q] = The fourth society is the Antei Combat Center; someone who is qualified to fight in the ACC has [ACC:Q] in the society section of their ID line. While the ACC doesn't have ranks like the other three societies, it does have Elo rankings that increase or decrease with a member's performance in the ACC. ACC activity can also help you earn Clusters of Ice and points towards advancing within the Inquisitorius.
  • [INQ: VI] = Member is a part of the Inquisitorius, a society devoted to the creating of fiction in the Dark Brotherhood. Mako is rank six. You can advance in rank in the Inquisitorius anytime you do activities related to fiction - submit fiction you've written for competitions, run fiction competitions that are approved by the Voice, participate in run-ons, and a lot more.

7.2 Line 2

The second line contains the abbreviated forms of the different medals a member has earned and, following that, a number or abbreviation indicating how many he/she has earned. There are four categories of awards a member can earn:

  • The first are known as the sacramental awards, which are the most important and prestigious awards a member of the DJB can earn, usually only after a huge amount of effort and time.
  • Next are merit medals, which can be earned by small activities or sustained effort for one’s Battle Team, House, or Clan.
  • After that, you have competition medals, which, as the name implies, are earned for placing in any of the varied competitions always running in the DJB.
  • Finally, you have miscellaneous medals that might be earned for recruiting a new member, succeeding at trivia or other specialized activities.

You can find a full listing of our medals and their abbreviations in Chapter 9 of the Codex. Each medal also has a different set of abbreviations to indicate the number that have been awarded to a member.

7.3 Line 3

The third line contains the abbreviated forms of the different Shadow Academy degrees a member has earned. Degrees in the Shadow Academy can be earned by taking a certain group of courses, serving in a leadership position for a certain amount of time, or service to the Shadow Academy. There are five categories of degrees a member can achieve, as follows:

  • At the most basic, you have Dark Pundit degrees (whose abbreviations start with DP), which are achieved for succeeding in the Journeyman Hall courses.
  • Next up in difficulty are the Dark Maven degrees (which begin with MV), which are organized into categories like Gaming.
  • After the Mavens, you have the Dark Savant degrees (which have the initial acronym SV), which are more difficult to achieve than the Mavens and require quite a bit more work and effort.
  • The final degree a normal member can earn is the Dark Sage (which begin with SG), which requires a substantial amount of time and effort to complete.
  • There is technically one higher degree - known as the Master of Dark Lore - but it is only awarded to retiring Headmasters who have served the Academy with great dedication.

7.4 Example ID Lines

Prophet Terbus (Sith) / P:MAA-CON-DOC / Clan Taldryan [GMRG: X] [SA: XII] [SYN:V] [ACC: Q] [INQ: X]
DS / ED / RS / AK / SBx3 / GCx4 / SCx2 / ACx3 / DCx12 / GNx10 / SNx2 / BNx5 / Cr:2D-13R-31A-37S-21E-7T-8Q / PoBx10 / CFx898 / CIx38 / CEx1731 / DSSx2 / SIx12 / SoFx11 / SotM / LSx58 / SoLx5 / S:5De-3Ret-26Dec-5Rn-38Cr-11Rv
{SA: MVC - MVF - MVH - MVL - MVLD - MVLO - DMPH - MVS - MVWD - MVWS - MVW - DPE - DPV - SGL - SGWV - SVHL - SVLC - SVP - SVT - SVWV - SVWP}

This ID-line belongs to a member by the name of Terbus. This member has reached the rank of Prophet, is of the Sith Order and is the Consul of Clan Taldryan. He is also the Praetor (primary assistant) to the Master-at-Arms and is a Docent (course grader) in the Shadow Academy. The member is of the tenth rank in the Grand Master’s Royal Guard, is of the twelfth rank in the Shadow Academy Society, is qualified to compete in the Antei Combat Center, and is of the tenth rank in the Inquisitorius. As you can tell, he's also earned almost every single medal and Shadow Academy degree one can earn!

Warden Liam Torun-Urr (Jedi) / BTL / Battle Team Tython Squadron of House Sunrider of Clan Odan-Urr [GMRG: V] [SA: V] [ACC: Q]
GC / SCx3 / ACx3 / DCx7 / GN / SNx3 / BNx2 / Cr:3D-7A-13S-22E-15T-8Q / PoB / CFx199 / CIx67 / CEx91 / DSSx2 / SIx7 / SoF / SotM / LS / SoLx5 / S:1D-3Rm-5P-6U-2B-3De-8Dec-3Aff-1Rn-12Cr-3Rv
{SA: MVL - MVPH - MVS - DPE - DPV}

This ID line belongs to a member with the name Liam Torun-Urr. This member has achieved the rank of Warden and is of the Jedi Order. This member is the Battle Team Leader of Tython Squadron, which is part of House Sunrider in Clan Odan-Urr. He is of the fifth rank in both the Shadow Academy Society and the Grand Master’s Royal Guard and is qualified to compete in the Antei Combat Center

8. Activity in the Brotherhood

As a member of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood, what, exactly, do you do? It’s a good question that we get asked all the time by new members such as yourself, so, briefly, let us provide you a few answers.

  • If you are currently taking this exam, you will already have found the Shadow Academy. Taking exams will progress you inside the Shadow Academy Society, it is a constant means of activity as well as one that will see you rewarded and noticed inside of the Brotherhood. There are a huge number of courses covering different topics - everything from Star Wars history to Markdown - and the Headmaster and his staff are constantly adding new courses and updating old ones.

  • Writing is another very popular activity in the DJB. Among other things, writers may take part in the Antei Combat Center ("ACC"), which focuses on writing a battle between you and another member, with an award known as a Cluster of Ice available simply for taking part in these fights. This type of writing is called "Combat Writing" because each "match" is set up like a duel between the participants, who alternate writing sections of a single story up to and including the death of one of the combatants. You also will see those who enjoy writing participating in Run-Ons, which are fictional scenarios with a group of writers coming together to put together a coherent story, as well as individually writing character fiction for their own enjoyment and perhaps publication on their Wiki or elsewhere.

  • Gaming is also a big part of the DJB. Gamers can be constantly found earning themselves awards called Clusters of Fire or Clusters of Earth for various gaming events. The DJB has many members who compete and collaborate across a wide variety of gaming platforms, including Star Wars: The Old Republic, Diablo III, and many others. There are almost always fellow members looking to pair or group up in many of our supported games.

  • Another often-overlooked way to be active in the club is by simply communicating. Every unit in the Brotherhood - Clan, House, whatever - will typically have a mailing list that you were added to whenever you joined. Get to know your fellow teammates and make friends! There are many people who have spent years in this club who have made real life friendships out of members they met here. The main form of communication in the Brotherhood is Telegram, but members are also often found on Discord. Just getting a chance to shoot the breeze with others in the DJB is a great way to show your activity.

  • There are also larger competitions made up of numerous parts run at various levels throughout the club. The largest of these are known as Vendettas, which are DJB-wide and have the various Clans battling each other for supremacy - for the bragging rights associated with being named, for example, the First Clan of the Brotherhood. The most important and far-reaching of these are the Great Jedi Wars (“GJW”), which are large-scale Vendettas with a coherent storyline. To date, there have been thirteen GJWs.

  • Finally we come down to Leadership. There are a huge variety of places for those who would like to help out the DJB to find their niche. With time and experience, you can lead units as a Battle Team Leader, help a Dark Councillor as a Magistrate, assist in the ACC as a Judge, and so many other areas. As an all-volunteer club, it takes people willing to step up and help to make the DJB the most fun it possibly can be for all involved.

9. Navigating the Brotherhood

This course has covered certain topics that will help you find your way as you grow as a member. However, for day-to-day operations, there is one tool that is used by all members more than any others, which is the main website. As such, you’ll need to know how to navigate the website and what each area of the site does.

9.1 The Main Page

Main page

On this page, you can see 10 areas of interest:

  1. Dark Brotherhood
  2. Main
  3. Rosters
  4. Resources
  5. Gaming
  6. Sign in or dossier name (once logged in)
  7. Search for Name or ID
  8. News
  9. Leadership
  10. Date and Time

Let us now explore these areas together.

9.1.1 Dark Brotherhood

Dark Brotherhood is a link to the Main Page. No matter where you are on the site, click this and you’ll return to the main starting page.

9.1.2 Main

main

This is a drop menu. By clicking it, you open a list of options. The Main tab has seven options under it:

  • About the DJB: Brings you to a page containing an explanation of what the Club is about.
  • Competitions: This takes you to the Competitions page. All active competitions are listed here.
  • Antei Combat Center: Portal-link to the ACC area. ACC is the center for combat writing.
  • Shadow Academy: Portal-link to the SA area. SA is the DB’s learning center.
  • Discussion Forums: This will take you to the Brotherhood's forums/message board.
  • News Archive: A compendium of news reports found all across the Club, which you can search and sort by type, who wrote them, and their tags.
  • Brotherhood Chat: This contains links to DB Telegram channels where you can chat with many other members in real-time. In addition to the main DB channel, you’ll find chats for gaming, fiction, and art, as well as for your individual units.

9.1.3 Rosters

rosters

This tab directs to a drop menu with nine options:

  • Clans of the Brotherhood: Allows you to select a specific Clan and access their membership rosters, as well as sub-units like Houses and Battle Teams.
  • Dark Council: Takes you to a page listing the currently serving members of the Dark Council, as well as their assistants.
  • Rogues: Links to a page containing a full listing of all members not currently serving in active units.
  • Search: Allows you to perform a search of the full roster.
  • Statistics: This opens up a page containing several options. Overall, these allow you to search for specific events (promotions, medals, et cetera) or look at breakdowns of ranks, awards, trophies and much more.
  • GMRG Society, SA Society, Inquisitorious and Shroud Syndicate: Allows you to select a specific society and access their membership rosters. These are listed by society ranking from highest to lowest.

9.1.4 Resources

resources

This serves as the gateway to quite a lot of information relating to the club:

  • DJB Wiki: Links to the club’s rather extensive Wiki.
  • Fiction Center: A wealth of information relating to the Brotherhood’s fictional storyline.
  • Event Calendar: A calendar tracking all major Brotherhood events, such as important days and club-wide large-scale competitions.
  • Codex: Source of basic information relating to the Club.
  • Covenant: This takes you to the document containing all rights and rules of the Club.
  • Policies: A list of important policies established as guidelines for various aspects of the Club.
  • Factions: A list of the major factions that play a role in the fictional development of the Brotherhood. You’ll find brief descriptions here with links to learn more, along with a roster of important NPCs and faction possessions.
  • Item Stores: A list of stores where you can purchase items like weapons, armor, accessories, vehicles, ships, pets and more!
  • Item Research A full list of possession prototypes that can be searched and filtered to help you find and research items quickly.

9.1.5 Gaming

gaming

This is the gateway to everything related to gaming:

  • Gaming Information: This link contains important information for gamers, such as our Rites of Combat (our gaming rules), our supported games, instructions on how to submit gaming scores, etc.
  • Gaming Forums: This takes you directly to the gaming sub-section of the Brotherhood forums.
  • PvP activity records: A link to all uploaded player-versus-player matches and gaming scores.
  • PvE activity records: A link to all uploaded player-versus-environment matches and gaming scores.

9.1.6 Sign in or dossier name

Link to everything related to your dossier:

  • Sign in - if you have not logged in yet, you will see this instead of your dossier name.
  • My Dossier: Link to your dossier page.
  • Administration: Links to a page containing all administrative options you have access to.
  • Logout

9.1.7 Search Name or ID

Click the magnifying glass icon to access the Name or ID field, which allows you to search for a specific member from the main page (provided you know either his/her name or PIN). If you know part of the name, you can enter that, and it will provide you options containing whatever you entered.

9.1.8 News

All news posts are arranged in chronological order on the home page. Click one to access said message.

9.1.9 Leadership

At the bottom left of the home page, you will find a listing of Brotherhood Leadership ( members of the Dark Council ) and Clan Leadership (the Consuls of each clan).

9.1.10 Date and Time

At the bottom right of the home page, you will find the fictional year and the server time. The fictional year will help orient you when you write current fiction within the Brotherhood. Since the Brotherhood has members from around the world, the server time, often called site time, will often be used to set competition deadlines to avoid time zone confusion.

9.2 Administration Page

admin page

You can see various blocks of links on this page. As you progress further, enter leadership positions and become involved in different activities, more sections will become available to you.

9.2.1 Subscribed Competitions

If you have subscribed to any competitions that are currently running, they will be listed here with their deadlines to remind you to submit before the deadline passes.

9.2.2 Competitions

Links to managing competitions you are running as well as accessing your submissions to ongoing competitions and submitting gaming activity.

  • Manage Competitions
  • Competition Participation History
  • Submit Gaming Scores

9.2.3 Progress

Track your progress toward gaining various degrees in the Shadow Academy or toward attaining the next rank in your chosen societies.

  • Degree Progress
  • Society Progress

9.2.4 Account and Profile

This section allows you to make changes to your overall account, dossier and newsletter preference. Change your email address or password in manage account, edit sections of your dossier (particularly gender and contact info like gaming usernames) or set your preference for receiving mail from the Brotherhood.

  • Manage Account
  • View Dossier
  • Edit Dossier
  • Newsletter preferences

9.2.5 Characters

This section is where you’ll find a number of options to customize your character. From here, you can change your name, clan, path, order or tradition, create a character sheet, loadout of your possessions, an NPC or a new character altogether.

  • Request Name Change
  • Request Clan Transfer
  • Change Order or Path
  • Change Tradition
  • Character Sheet Administration
  • Possessions and Loadouts
  • Credit Accounts
  • Additional Character Slots and NPCs

9.2.6 Profile and Custom Graphics

When you reach the stage where you can request custom graphics, you’ll want to visit this section to get started. You can also request to change your avatar (your character’s image) on your character sheet from this menu.

  • Weapon Construction Tool
  • Robe Construction Tool
  • Accessory Construction Tool
  • Submit Avatar Change Request
  • Request Custom Graphics

9.2.7 Recruitment

An often overlooked section of the administration panel, use the Recruitment Links section to create your own Recruitment Links to invite friends to join the Brotherhood. If someone joins using your link and reaches the rank of Journeyman 1 with your assistance, you will be awarded a Scroll of Indoctrination for your efforts.

10. Conclusion

DON’T PANIC

This course contains a lot of information. It is intended to offer you a basis of knowledge to help you survive the Brotherhood. It hands you the keys to the great sources of information related to the Brotherhood such as the Codex, Covenant, DJB Wiki, etc. These sources, as well as the main website, are a good way to learn about aspects of the club. If you have a question, just ask it!

11. Credits

The preceding information was compiled based on previous versions of this course. We would like to thank everyone who has had a hand in creating this course: it is a long list.

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