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KE Tomaas Montte - 8
For: Clan Drakonan's
Posted By: D Tomaas Montte
Posted On: January 23, 2011

House Drakonan Report 01-23-11 Dark Greetings Everyone, It’s time for the weekly report. Usually, I save this sort of thing for my closing thoughts, but I have some thoughts I want to share with all of you and I wanted to make sure the people that skim, read this. Recently I was given reason to think about the Dark Brotherhood and where it is heading by a veteran member. Now, this person seemed to “look down” on us. Comments were made about rank, position, etc. not meaning as much now as it did then. I considered everything that was said and…well, to put this as respectfully as possible… Bantha Poodoo. The funny thing about “then” is that it always seems to be more golden in our memory than it actually was. I go even further back than the person that shoveled this poodoo and… Were there a lot of members? Yes. Did I make some outstanding and lifelong friends? Certainly. The thing is, I’m doing it again right now. As for rank, awards, etc. meaning less, I’d argue they mean more and are actually harder to get these days. I’m not blind, and I don’t make a practice of misleading people or ‘scattering sunshine.’ We have a small roster right now. Gasp! I’m sure no one noticed that without me whining about it. :P We have a tough job ahead of us rebuilding this organization, it’s true. But, from the bottom of my heart I believe that we can do it, and that we can have a lot of fun along the way. If I didn’t believe both of those things to be true I wouldn’t put the amount of time into both the DB and EH that I do. It would be foolish, and of the many things I am, a fool isn’t one of them. Look, the point of all this is to say to each of you that it will be okay, it will be fun, and that any of you and your achievements is just as good, if not better than the people that came before you. If you see something missing, take that as an opportunity for you to bring it back the way you think it should be done. Seriously, if you like certain events and activities/traditions, then write up a small proposal and send it to me. I may not agree, but I'll listen and I’ll make sure other people listen too, even when I don’t agree. Don’t get discouraged or jaded. If you’ve been keeping active, keep it up you’re doing great so far. If you haven’t, well come join the fun. One thing I am absolutely positive about is that if you don’t join in the activities, or rage quit, then whatever it is you want from this club will never happen. On to the report… News o We had another mission released this week from the TAC office. TIE free 283: Starfighter Histories: TIE Advanced. It was created by our own DJK Mark Scheuler and I look forward to flying it. There was also a new Battle released XWA-TC 62 created by SBM Anahorn Dempsey. I’m going to make a proposal to all the Drakonan pilots. Fly the mission, battle, or both and write a review for them this week. Get at least 6 House members regardless of Order to do the same and I’ll give each of you a Dark Cross for showing support for one of our House members. To be clear that means at least 6 House members flying and reviewing each. So if we have 6 or more for the mission but not the Battle the people who flew the mission will get a DC but not those that only flew the Battle. Think you’re up for the challenge? o There were two courses released this week as well. History of the Mandalorians Part 1 written by myself and Crypto Analysis a course being recovered from the old Academy of Tactics. Keep in mind that the first three people to get a perfect score on any newly released course like these two, earns a medal from the Training Office. o The EH Wiki has been recovered and locked down security wise this week. Those of you interested in updating and contributing to it should contact either the XO, SA Rapier, or the Dark Brotherhood Herald DA Zeth Durron. Awards I don’t have any specifics to report this week, as I haven’t received the emails, but I’m fairly certain that both Tuba and Dempsey earned a few medals this week from the Training Office, they both went on a rampage through those courses and took several of the newly released ones. Check back next week for the final count. Competitions Stingray Squadron Trivia (NEW!) Start Date: January 23, 2011 End Date: January 27, 2012 Groups involved: Dark Brotherhood Awards: At the end of the week, highest point total wins a Legion of the Scholar. Crescent awards for cumulative correct answers: Cr-1Q for 25, Cr-1T for 50, Cr-1E for 100, Cr-1S for 200, Cr-1A for 400, Cr-1R for 800, and Cr-1D for 1500 lifetime answers. Yes, that's almost 6 straight years of weekly trivia, but it's something to aspire to. Description: Each week I will ask 5 questions from material found on Wookieepedia and the Dark Side Compendium. Members will respond via email. The first correct answer each day receives 2 points, while each correct answer for the same day receives 1 point. The weekly competiton will run from Sunday to Thursday, with the winner announced during my weekly Battleteam report on Friday. Any member who wins 3 weeks in a row, is required to sit out for a week to give others a chance, but they may still answer the questions for points toward their cumulative total. (Note that despite the name this competition is open to all active DB members. Send all entries to tuba@nemont.net . An Image of Darkness Start Date:January 9, 2011 End Date: February 11,2011 Groups involved: House Drakonan Awards: Crescent-Sapphire Star (Cr-1S) for 1st, Crescent-Emerald Star (Cr-1E) for 2nd. Description:Time to make pretty pictures! We need a banner for the House. I'd like to use it for the House Drakonan Website. Design to your heart's content but I'd definitely like to see something appropriate to Dark Side Jedi as a whole or something that includes an image reflecting each Order. (i.e. a banner that features a TIE fighter might be great for Stingray, but not the entire House.) In addition to the medal I'll make sure to credit you on the website when it goes up so everyone can recognize your work. Submit all entries to ascottcampbell7@aol.com. Debriefing Start Date: January 9, 2011 End Date: February 11,2011 Groups involved: House Drakonan Awards: Crescent-Sapphire Star (Cr-1S) for 1st, Crescent-Emerald Star (Cr-1E) for 2nd. Description: In our wonderful Shadow Academy we have a course available on Writing Debriefs. If you haven't taken a look at it I urge you to do so. The idea of this competition is to bring back the practice of writing debriefs about the combat our members engage in. The rules are simple. Fly a mission (any DB platform) or fight a duel in one of our FPS games (since MP is problematic for the older games I will accept entries that used 'bots' in an MP arena) and then write a debrief about what happened. I won't repeat the course notes here, but specificity and good description are the keys to a good debrief. Let me know what your goal(s) were. What strategy you went in with, The way you carried it out, etc. (i.e. I was to destroy a Rebel corvette and decided my best method of attack would be to approach from the rear and employ a loadout of advanced concussion missiles. As I closed with my target a flight of X-Wings moved in from 8 o'clock high, etc.) When you submit please include the mission you flew or arena you dueled in, what platform you played on, and the mission/arena name. The winning entries will eventually find a home in the fiction archive. Send all submissions to ascottcampbell7@aol.com. The Uses of Power Start Date: January 9, 2011 End Date: February 11,2011 Groups involved: House Drakonan Awards: Crescent-Sapphire Star (Cr-1S) for 1st, Crescent-Emerald Star (Cr-1E) for 2nd. Description:This is a fiction based competition open to the entire House. I hope that this can become an ongoing competition if there is enough interest to merit it. The basic idea is that I will select a power from the list in the Dark Side Compendium and you write a story or essay about one of three things: 1) How your character first learned the power. 2)A unique story where you put the power to an interesting or unconventional use during a past mission. 3) A story from the early years of the Old Republic where a Sith or Jedi "discovers" this power and how they did so. The entry should show that you have a familiarity with the power's DSC description and limitations. At first I will be choosing more commonly accessible powers, available to lower ranks. If at some point in the future I choose a higher level power that may not be available to you at your rank, you can write a story where you observed its use by another dark jedi or even an enemy. Be creative and have fun. The object here is to explore the possibilities available with the Force as our ally. I'll give you fair warning, stick to the DSC and its descriptions and do NOT tell me what "Starkiller" can do. I enjoyed the first entries quite a bit and I’m really looking forward to reading the entries in the next round. This time I’ve chosen Farseeing as the power for you to weave a story or essay about. I'll be saving the winning entries to add to the EH fiction archive when it is operational and (if possible) add to the House website when it is completed. In the meantime there are medals to be won. I'll accept entries of 1 page at minimum to a 6 page maximum. Submit all entries to ascottcampbell7@aol.com. Activities In addition to the competitions available currently, Xantros has a run-on available for everyone to participate in on the Message Board. If you’re having trouble finding it, it was started in the “Fiction” section of the MB rather than the House Drakonan area where everything else is located. Keep in mind that if you are a pilot, Battles and missions can be submitted as both TC and DB activity for the same mission, so be sure to deluge your BTL (and me) with cc: s of anything you fly. There are always courses available to be taken in the university of your choice for activity. Activity Tracking I thought I’d start reporting activity in the House report so everyone can see what their peers are doing and so that in case I’ve missed anything you can email me and correct any oversights. QUA/KE Monnte – Worked on Drakonan website, flew TIE DB 9, email contact with several members, boring bureaucratic duties and paperwork, the usual. ;) BTL/DJK Tuba- Created several graphics for the House, submitted banner to Image of Darkness Competition, wrote Battleteam report, participated in “Weird Biography of Dath Vader run-on, email contact, took 5 courses (if my count is up to date), flew: XWA TC 37, 38, 39, & 41 and XWA Free 13 & 14, created and launchged trivia competition for the entire House. WELL DONE ! SBM Anahorn Dempsey- email contact, completed another 11 courses this week. Well Done! KAP Xantros- participated in “Weird Biography of Darth Vader” run on. GRD Rau Aznable-email contact. Now if I’ve missed anyone for this week, let both myself and your BTL know (if applicable) and I’ll be sure to update that in my report next week. Final Thoughts I covered almost everything in my opening thoughts. I do want to end with this: Thank You. That’s for everyone that has been active, contributed their time and effort, or socialized in this House. If I haven’t said it directly to you before, it’s appreciated. Darkness Defend, QUA/KE Tomaas Montte/Drakonan House (GC)(SoP)(DC-K)(Cr-D-Ax2)(LSS){SA:CORE-G:AT1-G:LST-H:INTEL-S:ESET-S:ISET-K:GMR}

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