The Storm's Gaze #13
Commodore's report: 2021-10-24 - 2021-11-10
From the Desk of Silwar Naiilo
Commodore Silwar Naiilo watched through the trapezoid transparisteel viewports of the Challenge's bridge as the distant lights of two ships approached. He almost jumped when the silence was broken by officer Junne Roberts. "Approaching Lambda-class shuttle, please transmit your docking codes." A moment of silence passed. "Docking codes confirmed, please proceed to hangar one." Silwar turned to meet the gaze of Captain Honsou, whose footsteps up the raised walkway where the only sounds in the room, save the whirring and beeping of computer consoles. "The pilots of Tempest, Firebird, Eagle, Inferno, and Thunder are awaiting the arrival in the hangar," he said, with a smirk just barely peaking through. "Let's walk together, then," replied Silwar. "I will escort the TCCOM and SOO personaly to their new offices aboard the Challenge."
Raise the Flag has ended, and for the first time in eleven years, the Challenge has regained her title as the TIE Corps Flagship. We held the title from 2006-2010, before she was decommissioned for a number of years; and for her first year at full strength, is is only right that we return to the glory days of yore. This victory was made possible be the absolutely incredible contributions of all of our pilots; nearly everyone contributed something in their own way, whether singleplayer missions, multiplayer victories, art, fiction, puzzle entries, and bonus competitions. Being the flagship means that we now host the TCCOM and SOO. Tempest taking first means they're the TCCOM's Escort Squadron, which means their mission of Deep Strike is on hold as they parade around. Phalk, also of Tempest, is the TCCOM's personal wingman. Good luck with the Chalquilla withdrawals, Phalk. I don't envy you.
This report would be amiss to not mention our competition: the Hammer was hot on our heels the entire game, and the Warrior flew an impressive amount as well. The Challenge and Hammer beat all ships from last year, and the Warrior would have taken first place as well. Everyone in the TC should be more than proud of their contributions, and our next engagement against the Rebels will show us prepared and ready to destroy anything that comes our way.
- Challenge: 37,216
- Hammer: 33,473
- Warrior: 15,070
- Aggressor: 565
Squadrons (out of 16):
- Tempest: 21,558
- Firebird: 6,737
- Eagle: 3,946
- Inferno: 2,153
- Thunder: 705
Top Pilots (out of 168, showing top 20):
- COL Phalk Sturm: 6,171
- MAJ Hermann: 4,742
- LCM Colo Deste: 3,350
- MAJ Kalve Ryder: 2,520
- LCM Jaxx Nassin: 2,337
- VA Silwar Naiilo: 1,453
- GN Stryker: 1,360
- GN Anahorn Dempsey: 1,286
Let's extend a welcome to LT LQC-75-3, who joined us in the last week of Raise the Flag (and managed to earn a few points!) He's interested in XvT and XWA multiplayer, as well as our custom missions, and is always on the hunt for games. We shall watch his career with great interest. Congratulations to CM Jaxx Nassin on his promotion to Commander as well, and his assignment as Firebird's XO.
LCM Xylo Pathtel is running the competition "Poetic Proficiency". He posts a subject and format, and you write a poem. Round five has closed, and can be voted on. Round 6 is free-form; no format or theme is provided. Entries can be submitted here.
Our next Real Heroes of the Challenge entry will be broken into multiple parts. In Phalk's first-place entry, he describes Roolothe mechanic. This is part four; to see the first, visit the report #9.
VII - HANGAR BAY - ROOLO - PART IV
"PIG FACE! GET UP YOU SWINE HEADED USELESS OLD BASTARD!!!", someone shouted and Roolo startled in fear, hitting his head against a metallic frame inside the Spectre gunship.
Where was he? Ygloste?
It was the Chief Machinist. Red in the face, foam from his mouth like a rabid animal. Clearly the racist slurs were far from banned in the Empire. Abolition of slavery was a first step towards justice, but the segregationist culture of the sneering imperialism that pervaded everything, was far from changed.
"WHAT IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR PALPATINE ARE YOU DOING?". His manical shouts could be heard from across the hangar. Some mechanics stopped working and were now clearly staring at the scene.
"Sleeping, master Chief Machinist. Roolo is guilty. Bad job, bad job" muttered the Ughnaught while lowering his head.
"Sleeping on my watch!!! NO ONE DARES TO SLEEP UNDER MY COMMAND!. I will have you skinned, you old wretch. I don't care what is your contract. In here, you are MINE!.", the Cief Machinist continued to yell frantically, at the now cornered and visibly submissive Ughnaught.
"That would suffice, Chief Machinist.", a voice from behind the fuming NCO was clearly heard. Every mechanic on deck was now watching this otherwise, awkward scene. The fiery Chief Machinist, the submissive Ughnaught mechanic and a quiet officer in grey-clad duty uniform behind him.
Chief Machinist's eyes rolled in an unnatural way in a fog of hate.
"WHO SAID THAT? WHO WANTS TO REGRET THIS VERY DAY?" and he turned around slowly, like if he was giving the chance to his offender to escape and hide away.
"I did, Chief Machinist." replied Sturm, again with the same calm voice.
"Oh!. I am sorry, Colonel. I thought for a moment one of these day slackers... And this pigface, erm AD478 was caught in an act of misbehaviour. I will see that he gets proper punishment. I run a tight ship, here!", the man had toned down and seemed almost civil as he gathered composure. His clenched fists betrayed his polite and clearly shallow demeanour.
"Chief, the Ughnaught here is my personal mechanic. He is now under my service and classified tasks for Tempest Squadron. I can't afford any delays nor can the
squadron or the Commodore. I'll tell you what. You close an eye today, and no one is telling of those odd looking crates of coolant, filled with Chalquila. And I am not suggesting.", Sturm was talking very closely to the Chief Machinist, calmly and almost whispering.
"Yes, Sir. As you command, Colonel.", the man turned around and went back to his post.
Everybody around them tried to hide, burying themselves into their respective workstations.
Roolo was silent, standing still very close to the fighter. Still recovering from the fright of being caught sleeping on the job. Bad job, bad job, old Roolo, he thought.
"Roolo, you'd better get those naps in check, or next time is the airlock for you", the Colonel said, "I've brought you something you may like, but you can have it, if and only if, you show what you've done so far." and he chuckled.
"Changed all wirings and terminals. Good job. Wielding and 100% checked couplings, good job. Diagnostics, I have to check, officer. No quick scan allowed in your ship, strange thing, maybe a bad job" replied Roolo while looking into the datapad in his left hand.
"I see. Full diagnosis only. That's thoughtful and responsible. No shortcuts, Roolo. Good job", and he grinned.
"This is for you", and Sturm extended his arm, holding a small metal box.
- Missions completed: 1745
- Reviews submitted: 167
- IU courses completed: 3
- LoCs earned: 512
- LoSs earned: 393
- LCM -> CM Jaxx Nassin
- SL -> LT LQC-75-3
TIE Corps Commander's Unit Award
CPT Honsou, LCM Akreseus, CM Colo Delste, MAJ Hermann, MAJ Kalve Ryder, CM EchoVII, GN Anahorn Dempsey, CPT Richlet, CM Morgoth, COL Phalk Sturm, LT Gisornator, LT Hawksniper
TIE Corps Meritorious Unit Award
CPT Graf Dâ€˜Jinn, LT K Perkis, LCM Cupcake, LCM Xylo Pethtel, LT jospence, LT Drummer The Gunner Nate, LCM Critical Hit, LCM SirCaleb, GN Stryker, LCM Taurus, CM Jaxx Nassin, LT Badkid312, LCM Sylas Pitt, CM Turel, CPT TI-40026, LT eriksen1803, COL NiksaVel, LC EvilGrin, LT Mosey, LT Shiro Kusanagi, LT LQC-75-3, CM Cody Lance, COL Marenta, LT Dirty-Ari, LCM Dougal Ceallaigh, CPT Honsou, LCM Akreseus, CM Colo Delste, MAJ Hermann, MAJ Kalve Ryder, CM EchoVII, GN Anahorn Dempsey, CPT Richlet, CM Morgoth, COL Phalk Sturm, LT Gisornator, LT Hawksniper, LC Tygra Shadowclaw, COL Impulse, LT Ryuzokin, CM LegionX, CM Neko, LT SerenityStar13, CM Dynamus, CM Iam Thinking, LT Green, VA Silwar Naiilo
Iron Star - Platinum Wings
COL Phalk Sturm
Iron Star - Gold Ribbon
MAJ Kalve Ryder, COL Phalk Sturm
Iron Star - Gold Wings
LCM Cupcake, MAJ Hermann, COL Phalk Sturm, VA Silwar Naiilo
Iron Star - Silver Ribbon
CPT Graf Dâ€˜Jinn, LT Ryuzokin, VA Silwar Naiilo
Iron Star - Silver Wings
CM Jaxx Nassin, COL NiksaVel, LT Mosey, CPT Honsou, MAJ Hermann, COL Phalk Sturm, VA Silwar Naiilo
Iron Star - Bronze Ribbon
CPT Graf Dâ€˜Jinn, LCM Xylo Pethtel, CM Jaxx Nassin, MAJ Kalve Ryder
Iron Star - Bronze Wings
LCM Cupcake, LCM Xylo Pethtel, GN Stryker, CM Jaxx Nassin, COL NiksaVel, LT Mosey, CM Colo Delste, GN Anahorn Dempsey, VA Silwar Naiilo
Commendation of Bravery
LT Mosey, LT LQC-75-3, LCM Akreseus, LT Gisornator
Legion of Combat
CPT Graf Dâ€˜Jinn, LT K Perkis, LCM Cupcake, LCM Xylo Pethtel, LT jospence, LCM SirCaleb, GN Stryker, LCM Taurus, CM Jaxx Nassin, LT Badkid312, LCM Sylas Pitt, CM Turel, LC EvilGrin, LT Mosey, LT LQC-75-3, CM Cody Lance, COL Marenta, CPT Honsou, CM Colo Delste, MAJ Kalve Ryder, CM EchoVII, CPT Richlet, CM Morgoth, LC Tygra Shadowclaw, LT Ryuzokin, CM LegionX, CM Dynamus, CM Iam Thinking, LT Green, VA Silwar Naiilo
Legion of Skirmish
CPT Graf Dâ€˜Jinn, LCM Cupcake, LCM Xylo Pethtel, LT jospence, LCM SirCaleb, GN Stryker, LCM Taurus, CM Jaxx Nassin, LCM Sylas Pitt, CM Turel, CPT TI-40026, LT Mosey, LT LQC-75-3, COL Marenta, CPT Honsou, CM Colo Delste, MAJ Kalve Ryder, CM EchoVII, CPT Richlet, CM Morgoth, LC Tygra Shadowclaw, CM LegionX, CM Dynamus, VA Silwar Naiilo
Combat Ratings Advancements
PvP Rating Advancements
- LCM Xylo Pethtel: Officer 2nd
- LT jospence: Marksman 2nd, Marksman 3rd
- CM Jaxx Nassin: Veteran 3rd
- LT LQC-75-3: Certified, Trainee
- CPT Honsou: Veteran 4th
- CPT Richlet: Veteran 4th
- CM Morgoth: Elite 1st
- LT Ryuzokin: Marksman 4th
- LT Green: Trainee
Co-Op Rating Advancements
- LCM Xylo Pethtel: Gunner's Mate 2nd
- LCM Taurus: Private 3rd
- CM Jaxx Nassin: Ranger 4th
- LCM Sylas Pitt: Private 4th
- LT Mosey: Private 4th
- LT LQC-75-3: Beginner
- COL Marenta: Gunner's Mate 1st
- MAJ Kalve Ryder: Ranger 3rd
- CPT Richlet: Private 1st
- LC Tygra Shadowclaw: Gunner's Mate 4th
- CM Dynamus: Private 3rd
- CM Jaxx Nassin to FL-SQXO/CM Jaxx Nassin/Firebird 2-1/Wing X/ISDII Challenge
- CPT TI-40026 to FL-COOA/CPT TI-40026/Firebird 3-1/Wing X/ISDII Challenge
- LT LQC-75-3 to FM/SL LQC-75-3/Inferno 1-4/Wing X/ISDII Challenge
Challenge's Poetic Proficiency
until 2021-11-14 for the ISDII Challenge.
LCM Xylo Pethtel will announce a format and subject biweekly. Write and vote on poetry.
Inferno Signal Scramble
until 2022-01-01 for the ISDII 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.
- Email, Discord
- Flight Activity:
- Squadrons PvP, Squadrons PvE, TIE, XvT
- Completed Battles:
- XvT-TC 138, TIE-TC 108, BoP-TC 9, BoP-TC 7, XWA-free 161, BoP-TC 3, XvT-free 240, XvT-TC 38, XvT-DB 17, XvT-DB 16, XvT-DB 5, XvT-TC 130
- Submitted Reviews:
- BoP-TC 9, BoP-TC 7, XWA-free 161, BoP-TC 3, XvT-TC 38, XvT-DB 17, XvT-DB 16, XvT-TC 130, XvT-IW 10, XvT-TC 22, XvT-TC 96, XWA-TC 59, XvT-TC 124, XvT-TC 123, TIE-free 4
32x LoC; 28x LoS; 2x IS-BW; 1x IS-SR; 1x MUA; 1x IS-GW; 1x IS-SW