From the Desk of Silwar Naiilo
Raise the Flag begins in just over a week, on October 1st. The most important competition of the year, I expect to win back the title ofFlagship for the first time in a decade. Read up on the ISD-II Challenge's history to learn more about our past awards!
While I'm mentioning the wiki, don't forget to update your own personal page for "Documentation Challenges".
It appears that someone spilled chalquilla all over the filing cabinet that houses personnel files. The SOO is coming by before Raise the Flag starts to inspect all of the ships, and I'm going to need a hand putting things back together.
Visit the Encyclopaedia Imperia, sign up, and create a page for yourself (or edit your existing page). It could be as simple as your uniform and assignments, like our TCCOM's, or as elaborate as our ex-COM Dempsey's.
The articles I find most arbitrarily interesting will win an IS-GR through BR. Articles which contain at least two paragraphs, the biography template, and links to their current squadron and ship will earn an IS-CR.
Ping me on Discord once you've done so. I'll review all entries at the end, so feel free to edit right up to the finish line.
Quick, before John T. Clark finds out!
We had two promotions this week: LCM Taurus of Firebird Squadron, and CPT Honsou of Tempest Squadron. Congratulations and bar tabs are due to both! LCM Xylo Pethtel is now SQXO and Flight Leader for Eagle Squadron, and LCM Critical Hit is now a Flight Leader in Eagle as well. We also welcome MAJ Hermann back to the Challenge, where he has rejoined as a member of Tempest Squadron.
LT Scarlette is running a new competition, "Starship Designers". This competition is about designing your very own starship, which can be as detailed or simple as you wish. Designs must include the exterior (blueprint style or actual artwork) and interior of any rooms of your choice. The design can be of any kind of ship- fighter, cruiser, etc.
Submissions will be judged on overall composition, art skill, and design. Submissions should be sent to LT Scarlette via direct message in Discord.
LCM Xylo Pathtel is running the competition "Poetic Proficiency". He posts a subject and format, and you write a poem. Round two voting is open, which featured an acrostic poem with the letters CHALLENGE, and round three entries can be submitted. Round 3 will challenge you to use iambic pentameter to write about our favorite drink and lubricant, Chalquilla.
COL Marenta's Inferno Signal Scramble has completed its 11th round, a competition where she posts an unknown acronym - and you guess what it means. You can vote for the 12th round and enter the 13th round until September 26th.
Our next Real Heroes of the Challenge entry will be broken into multiple parts. In Phalk's first-place entry, he describes Roolo the mechanic:
VII - HANGAR BAY - ROOLO - PART I
The blast doors slided with a humming noise and a loud clank when they blocked, widely open.
The ISD-II Challenge had been refitted recently, as the catwalks above the hangar had been reinforced and were now fully automated. The elevators were an upgraded version with no rails and with the addition of magnetic fields that prevented careless loss of life and materiel. Walls were of a polished metallic alloy that gleamed dull reflections of this brightly lit area.
COL Phalk Sturm was wearing his flight suit, life support, flight gloves and boots, helmet on his left hand and his lightsaber swinging by the same side, an E-7 Blaster on the right hip. He strolled towards one of the Maintenance Officers, standing by one of the control consoles. Crossing the hangar had to be a mindful walk, as tubes, wirings and all kinds of elements were present on the floor, as soon as anyone would wander outside the well-lit and clearly painted walk lanes.
"Good morning, Chief Machinist." Sturm briefly said to the worn-looking officer staring at him in anticipation.
"Good morning, Colonel. Your Flight Group is being readied up for launch as we speak, but there have been some issues with your Spectres. The software updates messed up one of your fighters, and Tempest, erm, Tempest 3106853 is grounded. So sorry. I am having one of our best mechanics at it, but I think a replacement fighter is needed. Whose gunboat is that? You should inform your pilot, Sir.". The Chief Machinist seemed worried but not particularly distressed. Just weary.
"Wonderful. Then, I guess I AM grounded, since it's my bird you're talking about, Chief." sourly replied Sturm with a slight grin.
"Tell you the truth. Ever since the Spectres were transferred, we've been into nothing but malfunctions and all kinds of crap on a daily basis. I mean, who builds these things? You wouldn't believe the issues, Colonel. I am sorry, but we're doing our best. I can let you have one of the reserve Missile Boats. What do you think?", said Chief Machinist raising both his palms in an open stance of negotiation.
"Again Chief, you are trying to convince me to fly, while I could be sipping coffee elsewhere" answered Sturm. "In fact, show me to my ship, I'd like to talk to your mechanics. I need to know what the malfunctions are, because honestly I don't want to end up in flames or with a jammed cannon when the moment comes. I know my way around a wrench. Point me the way", Sturm was standing squarely to the Chief Machinist with both hands on his hips, a broad smile of smug on his face.
"This is highly irregular, Colonel, Sir. I don't think it's necessary you do that, our technicians are more than competent. It will be solved within the day. And one wouldn't like to see an officer like yourself, in such labours, Sir. Besides, it's dangerous. If someone sees you... It would be better if we ...", NOW the Chief
Machinist was clearly worried. Embarrassed. Troubled about denying a senior officer a direct request. His face was blushing and contorting in an otherwise, still
composed gesture. He could not help himself of thinking that this Colonel would become a pool of problems, either if seen by others, or pointing out unobserved regulations, and what's worse, blabbing whatever he saw to his CMDR, or even the Commodore. He deflected his gaze towards the console module on his hands, in an attempt to defuse the situation.
"Chief, show me the way. Irregular is my middle name", and as Sturm said this, turned around towards the working stations on the opposite side of the Hangar. "Or I'll find out myself", he spoke again and he kept walking.
"Station B-65, the mechanic is AD478. Ask for Roolo, Colonel", shouted the Chief Machinist in the distance.
Silver Star of the Empire
LCM Jaxx Nassin
Bronze Star of the Empire
GN Stryker, LCM Taurus, CPT TI-40026, LC EvilGrin, CPT Honsou, CPT Richlet, LC Tygra Shadowclaw
Imperial Security Medal
CPT Graf Dâ€˜Jinn, LCM Sylas Pitt, LT Ryuzokin, CM Dynamus
Imperial Achievement Ribbon
LCM Jaxx Nassin
Iron Star - Silver Ribbon
CPT Honsou, LCM Colo Delste
Iron Star - Copper Ribbon
LCM Colo Delste
Legion of Combat
CPT Graf Dâ€˜Jinn, LCM Xylo Pethtel, LT SirCaleb, LCM Taurus, LCM Jaxx Nassin, LC EvilGrin, LCM Cody Lance, COL Marenta, CPT Honsou, LCM Akreseus, LCM Colo Delste, CM EchoVII, CPT Richlet, CM Morgoth, LT Gisornator, CM Dynamus, VA Silwar Naiilo
Legion of Skirmish
CPT Graf Dâ€˜Jinn, LCM Cupcake, LT SirCaleb, COL Marenta, CPT Honsou, CM Dynamus
Challenge's Poetic Proficiency
until 2021-11-14 for the ISD-II Challenge.
LCM Xylo Pethtel will announce a format and subject biweekly. Write and vote on poetry.
until 2021-10-18 for the Entire TC.
Design the exterior and interior of our very own starship. Send entires to LT Scarlette in Discord.
until 2021-09-30 for the Entire TC.
Every month, Solohan50 will send out a crossword puzzle. Winners determined by number of correct answers.
Inferno Signal Scramble
until 2022-01-01 for the ISD-II Challenge.
Fill in the acronyms from random letter combinations; Google Forms link posted to the Challenge Discord channel
MP Ace of the TIE Corps 2021
until 2021-12-31 for the Entire TC.
Pilots earn monthly and yearly medals for the most LoCs earned. Squadrons games not eligible.
SP Ace of the TIE Corps 2021
until 2021-12-31 for the Entire TC.
Pilots earn monthly and yearly medals for the most singleplayer missions played.