In-game Name: Grand Admiral Thrawn
Steam Name: [GL] Bear
Steam ID: STEAM_0:1:92083887
There is a lot information below. I tried to break it down a bit for those who do read it but its still a lot of grey text so I apologize.
For those who do read it, thank you for taking the time to.
What is the role of Darth Vader?
Very similarly to Grand Admiral Thrawn, Darth Vader's responsibilities revolve around the oversight and function of the Imperial Armed Forces. Whether it be resolving issues, mentoring new or existing HC, or solving new projects and problems. Both Vader and Thrawn are meant as overseers to mainly the High Command team but also to the three branches as well while still operating as the hand of the Emperor. In addition to the above, SHC has the responsibility and opportunity of working alongside SMT in generating and creating new RP opportunities or functional changes to the server.
Why do you want to become the role of Darth Vader?
Becoming the position of Darth Vader has been my goal ever since my time as IC Commander. I set this as a goal for myself in order to continue to push myself into always improving, always striving to do more for both the server and whichever area I was focusing on. I thoroughly enjoy interactions between players and RP, and believe I can do more for both in the position of Darth Vader. The 501st battalion truly excels and grows when there is the presence of a Vader. This is something that they have gone without for a very lengthy amount of time. In the past we have seen instances where the Vader position was filled and the 501st have grown drastically. I believe they deserve a Vader that will be active and interact with them over a long period of time. This is something that I know I can and have been striving to accomplish.
What experience do you have that would be relevant to the role of Darth Vader?
(To preface, I will list bulletin points under each section as a summary in case you do not want to read all the typed information).
With very close to a year in High Command (7/17/21) and a few months as SHC Grand Admiral Thrawn, I can bring a large amount of experience to bear. I understand the role of both a SHC and HC member as well as how to mentor new command members. Regardless of position or branch. I have had multiple opportunities to work with SMT and other various people in my time and have always tried my utmost best to meet or excel at my duty. Taking on multitudes of projects, for even multiple battalions at times, teaches quite a bit on how to manage multiple tasks and meet goals.
Large amount of experience both in HC and RP
Mentorship of new and existing members
Leading by example on all issues to the best of my ability
Multitasking on multiple projects/tasks
During my time in the Imperial Commandos, I believe I ran one of the most successful and fastest growing battalions in Army for its time. Despite being at the time a $60 donator battalion, we outnumbered many other battalions with active members even after roll calls. Additionally, tried my best to mentor a strong officer corps into promoting good leadership qualities and responsibility. From this is I was promoted to the first ever IC Senior Commander.
My time in Army High Command was, I feel, where my career really took off. During every rank I tried to bring something new to the table, something useful, a change that would benefit all. Lasting changes. In IC I revamped most documents as many had become outdated and obsolete, as well as, made new rosters for every part of the battalion. Additionally, was able to the get the new much needed IC Command models added to their command team.
Creation of most of all IC documents, which are still used currently.
Roster creations that were efficient and used until roster system overhaul.
Addition and implementation of Imperial Command Lore Command Squad models that are currently used (and glorious).
Havoc Company was reworked into the current Regimental Engineer program as you know it now. Small changes to it have been made since its inception but mostly the same. Created all universal documents except for the technical manual which are still used and then entrusted to the current leads and overseers of the sub-regimental program.
In the Stormtrooper Corps, we established what you know now. Shoretrooper Corps and Scout Company make up the two main branches of the Stormtrooper Corps that we have. Implemented the Storm Commando program for selected officer+ in order to give an incentive for NCOs to stick in the ranks and promote something that was truly hard to get into, something that needed to be earned. From this came the PVP Menaces that Stormtroopers/Storm Commands are today! (Thanks Wheat lol) I created new rosters for Scouts, Shoretroopers, and Storm, as well as, all new documents (which are beautiful in my opinion) for the whole battalion (except for storm commando which was done by ST command). This, at the time, was an incredibly massive undertaking but was truly worth all the work.
Havoc Company reworked to Regimental Engineers.
Creation of all documents for the new sub-regiment. Got program off the ground with the assistance of other HC and CMD.
Havoc rank transfers of current command, officers, and ncos to various battalions/branches with the assistance of Bon.
Fixed, reworked, and established current Shoretrooper Corps, Scout Company, and Storm Commando Program as you know it.
Storm Commando updated again by current ST command.
Remade ST sub regiment and subclass rosters until roster system overhaul.
Remade all documents with exception of Storm Commando docs.
The above plus many other smaller changes taught me a great deal on both oversight and interaction. Both required for a position such a Darth Vader.
Why do you think I should pick you over other applicants?
Other than Bon, no one else in HC has as much experience as myself. This has stemmed from constantly putting myself out there and finding what needs to be done, good and the bad. I know that I have what it takes to fill this position as I have continuously tried to improve in every aspect of the duty entrusted to me. I fully understand the responsibilities expected of a SHC member and do not hesitate on things that need to be done. I remain proactive on branch or battalion issues and try to mentor and promote other HC members into completing these tasks or learning from them. As SHC you are looked to by not just low command but high command as well and you must set a good example to them by leading where needed. This is something I have always tried to do.
Please outline some ideas that you could bring to improve the server as Darth Vader:
One of the things that become available with an active Darth Vader are legends missions or events. I have done some before with 501st tracking down an escaped Starkiller Clone, which went really well and people loved it. Missions like this are really under used especially with the extensive amount of content around Darth Vader. This is something that I would like to bring back.
Something that we have recently started back again but have dialed back are the weekly HC missions. I would like to set up a program and plan these things out a month at a time. Whether it be just an unaffiliated mission or a storyline mission. Something more set in stone and on a schedule. This promotes hitting server capacity, great experiences for every player, and opportunities for Gamemasters to work with HC on missions and gain more experiences as a GM. Set plans for these missions can give GMs great experience and inspiration into new events and how to run, plan, and execute them.
Not really Darth Vader specific but something none the less is branch specific PVP/PVE tournaments. A few teams from each battalion at 3-4 members working together towards a specific objective. Capturing a HVT with hardcore HP/Armor or just TDM. We have had fantastic success with the bi-monthly PVP tournaments done by Sainty (amazing job by the way buddy) but why stop there! Something like this can get people involved, create desire to improve in these aspects. PVE rounds could consist of multiple NPC targets with moderate low HP and a player team or 3-4 coordinating towards a specific goal with "hardcore" hp/armor. Promote teamwork, communication, and good planning. Get with battalion command to set up practice times a couple times a week. Something like the above idea could really spice up the bi-monthly tournament. Create a more level playing field so we may not all get demolished by Stormtroopers!! (forreal they played exceptionally well and well done to them).
Last but certainly not least, interactions with the 501st. As previously mentioned above, 501st have gone without a Vader for quite awhile. Something that I would very much like changed. The 501st battalion thrives when a Vader is on the server but the position has not been filled for a long time, this is something that they have suggested before as one of their utmost wishes.
In your personal experience with being a player, what issues have you come across?
I have noticed a few re-occurring issues in my time on the server. Some are fixable through effort and some are things that have to be continuously watched. Disrespect to new players being one of them. Lack of effort from battalion teams or high command.
In response to the question above, how would you handle and fix these issues?
Disrespect is something that I and others have preached about many times in both command meetings and privately. It must constantly be promoted in order to keep respectfulness and tactfulness to new players. They are the life blood of the server and without them we do not continue to grow. This must be at the forefront of our minds when dealing with these situations. This is something that needs continual effort.
To address the lack of effort we need to advocate for strong command. Ideally, command that takes the initiative in tasks or is moldable and willing to learn. This, I believe, can be fixed at the very top and work downwards. Lead by example, promote and mentor into tasks, and getting the right people into positions that they can benefit the server and others in the best manner. We have reward programs for this but I believe we can do more in this regard.
Anything else you would like to add?
Thank you so much for taking the time read my application and consider me for the position!