Herald

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Herald (HRLD)—Herald is both an administrative and architectural position. The day-to-day affairs of the Herald involve the development of Warbanners, Lightsaber skins, Weapon skins, Robe skins, and Possessions images for members as they achieve the appropriate ranks. This important function allows members to gain some level of control over their own characters. However, the more important aspect of the Herald’s position comes in their work on graphics throughout the Brotherhood. The Herald is the Brotherhood’s primary image consultant and lead graphics designer, though their responsibilities also include keeping the aesthetic qualities of the website professional, modern and attractive to all audiences worldwide. The Herald works constantly to keep the Brotherhood graphics up-to-date and standard-driven. Their work is often performed behind-the-scenes, but it is seen daily across the whole Brotherhood.

The current Herald is Malfearak Asvraal.

Public Resources

Resources
Resource Description Formats
Logos Logos for the DJB .ai, .png, .psd
Robe Paper Dolls Base dolls used for creating new robe skins .psd
Warbanner Template & Actions The warbanner template file and some photoshop actions to simplify the toggling of various metal colors. .atn, .psd
Herald Staff Resources Photoshop Gradients, patterns, saber blade styles and metal colors. .atn, .psd

Duties

General Duties

Specific Duties

Warbanners

  • Develops and maintains standards for the creation and receipt of Warbanners
  • Creates and updates the graphical template for the creation of Warbanners
  • Reviews requests for Warbanners and issues approval or denial where appropriate
  • Attaches finished Warbanners to member dossiers
  • Trains new staff members in the development of Warbanner images
  • Develops and maintains a Warbanner Wiki Page
  • Responsible for meeting or adjusting a member's request in a timely manner.

Lightsaber skins and Weapon skins

  • Develops and maintains standards for the creation and receipt of Custom Lightsaber skins and Weapon skins
  • Reviews requests for Custom Lightsaber skins and Weapon skins and issues approval or denial where appropriate
  • Attaches finished Custom Lightsaber skins and Weapon skins to member dossiers
  • Responsible for keeping a backup copy of each rendition of a member’s Custom Lightsaber skins and Weapon skins
  • Trains new staff members in the development of Custom Lightsaber skins and Weapon skins images
  • Develops and maintains a Custom Lightsaber and Weapons Wiki pages
  • Responsible for meeting or adjusting a member's request in a timely manner.

Robe skins

  • Develops and maintains standards for the creation and receipt of Robe skins
  • Creation of Custom skins for Elders and non-Elders
  • Creates and updates the graphical template for the creation of Robe skins
  • Reviews all non-Herald Staff created Robe skins and issues approval or denial where appropriate
  • Responsible for keeping a backup copy of each rendition of a member's Robe skins
  • Trains new staff members in the development of Robe images
  • Develops and maintains a Robes Wiki Page Guide
  • Responsible for meeting or adjusting a member's request in a timely manner.

Graphics

  • Responsible for the graphical development of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood
  • In cooperation with the Senechal, maintains the web design and keeps it modernized
  • Maintains images of medals and other awards
  • Responsible for the development of graphical representation of Vendetta rewards
  • Ensures that all source material for the creation of graphics is properly backed up

Logos

  • Maintains a graphical roll of Clan and House symbols
  • Develops Order, Clan, House, Family and Society symbols and logos as necessary
  • Responsible for safeguarding against unnecessary revision of existing logos and symbols, as they are crucial to consistent identity marking

Possessions

  • Cooperation with the regent in selecting and uploading valid, accurate, and relevant items to Possessions
  • Creation and upload of valid images for Possessions items
  • Creation and upload of valid images for Possessions stores and other instances

Former Responsibilities

The position of Herald has had quite a few duties that have either been abandoned or passed on to other Dark Council or Tribune members. Some of these duties include:

  • Editor of the Dark Voice
  • Providing Star Wars related news
  • Administration of the Star Wars Gaming Network website.
  • Responsible for ensuring a proper fictional background exists for Brotherhood families sometimes with the assistance of the Master at Arms
  • Develops and maintains policies and procedures on family Grants of Arms that dictate where they may be displayed and who may display them in addition to other pertinent information

Fictional Role

The Herald serves the Grand Master as a special envoy and liaison specialist. Where the Emissary serves as the diplomatic face of the Brotherhood, the Herald is the broker, the one who negotiates deals and maintains connections between individuals and organizations. They oversee a network of contractors and informants with the purpose of securing specialized talent, and assists fellow Councilors in reaching beneficial outcomes in their individual negotiations.

Behind the scenes, they maintain oversight over the Brotherhood's clandestine dealings with the various criminal elements of the galaxy. Through the Shroud Syndicate they ensure protection and provide harbor to criminals and smugglers looking to deal in illicit goods within Brotherhood space in exchange for further connections, income, and information.

See: Organizational Chart

Roll of Heralds

The current Herald is Malfearak Asvraal.

Heralds of the Brotherhood
Name Service Dates
Melan Pyr ?? - ??
Veelon ?? - ??
Melan Pyr ?? - ??
Anakin ?? - ??
Draught ?? - ??
Hawkeye (Havikoog) ?? - ??
Reinthaler ?? - ??
Black Hawk ?? - ??
Chi Long ?? - ??
Sarani ?? - ??
Astatine ?? - ??
Chi-Long ?? - ??
Kryder ?? - ??
Joker ?? - ??
Kaine Mandaala
The Exodus occurred during this reign
?? - October 22, 2005
Cyris Oscura October 22, 2005 - January 6, 2006
Muz Ashen January 6, 2006 - May 19, 2007
Kaine Mandaala May 21, 2007 - September 28, 2007
Shikyo Keibatsu October 6, 2007 - October 6, 2013
Orv Dessrx October 29, 2013 - March 20, 2014
Socorra March 20, 2014 - July 12, 2015
Vyr July 12, 2015 - February 28, 2018
Selika Roh March 18, 2018 - March 18, 2021
Alaisy March 18, 2021 - July 26, 2021
Rian Taldrya July 26, 2021 - December 27, 2023
Malfearak Asvraal December 27, 2023 - Present

Obsolete Policies

Rule of Three

The Rule of Three was a policy created to limit numerous request in order to dedicate more time to other requests, as well as projects assigned to the Herald’s Staff from the Grand Master. The Rule of Three states that a member may request up to 3 times for a warbanner or custom lightsaber, (rank permitting), under the following rank groups:

  • Guardian / Jedi Hunter
  • Dark Jedi Knight / Equite 1
  • Equite 2 / Equite 3
  • Equite 4
  • Elder
  • Grand Master

Once a member has reached their maximum number of requests per item and rank, they cannot request until they reach they next bracket. Any requests that come in after that point will be denied immediately.

  • The Rule of Three was placed under effect by Shikyo Keibatsu, Tyren Atema, and Jeric Cyrin on 6/5/2008.
  • The Rule of Three was retired by Herald V'yr Vorsa on 10/01/2015.
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