the last grand master

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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step.”

Xiaolin Showdown- November 1, 2003- May 13, 2006

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March 18th 1314: Jacques de Molay killed

On this day in 1314, Jacques de Molay, the twenty-third and last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, was burned at the stake. The Templar knights were a major fighting unit of the Crusades, aiming to preserve Christendom and regain control of the Holy Land. After control the Holy Land was lost to Muslim forces, support for the Knights Templar started to fade. King Philip IV of France began to mistrust the group and wanted to free himself of his debts to the Templar; he thus had many leading Knights burned at the stake. Pope Clement V disbanded the group in 1312, and the hunt continued for remaining members. The Knights were tortured until they confessed to a range of crimes, including heresy, obscene rituals, and idolatry. De Molay had been forced to make such a confession, and despite retracting the confession, he was charged with heresy and burned at the stake. Pope Clement died a month later and King Philip died that year. With their leader gone, the remaining Templars were arrested or removed from the group and the Knights Templar were no more.

“God knows who is wrong and has sinned. Soon a calamity will occur to those who have condemned us to death"
- De Molay’s words from the stake

hellsbellssinclub  asked:

Quiobi, no.1 with Qui-Gon as a Sith and Obi-Wan as a Jedi?

Obi-Wan Kenobi’s world is black and white.

There is good and there is evil.

He is a Jedi and therefore he is good.

Raised as the last Padawan Learner to the venerable Grand Master of the Order, Obi-Wan has strived all his life to be the perfect Jedi, the epitome of the light. He has ruthlessly chased out fear and anger from his heart, has excised all that would tempt him down a darker path shaded in charcoal, ebony, and onyx. He knows the shades of ivory that mark the path of the truly righteous like the back of his hand.

He is an example to the Order, to those initiates who feel they will never be chosen, encouragement to those Knights who fear that perfection is out of their grasp, and a subtle reminder to masters to think twice about their preconceived notions.

If Obi-Wan Kenobi can become a paragon of light, the finest of his generation, Master Yoda’s true heir, then anything is possible.

Through the light all things are possible.

Except… that is all Obi-Wan can see.

There is no color in his world, no vibrant blues, no ruddy crimson or a delicate yellow. The world around him is as black and white as the lessons handed down to him from a grandmaster who has evolved beyond caring about the color of a flower or the particular shade of the sunset.

After 800 years of shades of grey, Yoda needs no gaudy, saturated rainbow to tell him that sunlight dappled through the leaves of a sweet oak in the Room of a Thousand Fountains is beautiful. He simply accepts the world that he sees as it is. He does not need color nor does he want it.

“A Jedi craves not these things, Obi-Wan,” Yoda tells him and Obi-Wan does his best to listen to his master’s wisdom, to tell himself that there is beauty in the shift from radiant white to ecru to charcoal and the inky wash of night time.

It works for the most part.

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After killing Lady Ashana Creed in cold blood during the end of the Dove Uprising, Duke Viktor Romel was stripped of his knighthood by Queen Madelynne I as she deemed the act unchivalrous.  It pained her to do so, but she knew that one day her champion would restore his good name and virtue.

Following countless campaigns and proving himself worthy of the admiration she bestowed upon him in matters domestic and foreign, at long last was His Grace rewarded by being named Grand Master of the Order of the Falcon, returning not only his honors but seeming them elevated to the post left vacant with the death of Lord Orazio Garibald.


This was another great piece by @panda-capuccino, which is always a wonderful thing.  

It’s a gift for @backtothestabbery since he’s graduated from college! SO GRATS, BOYO.  We are all super proud, buddy.  To think, this all began because Viktor wanted to beat people up outside of Stormwind. :’) 

Wiccan History Timeline

This is a work in progress for the history of witchcraft.


15,000 B.C.


Ancient peoples revere healers, known as witches, who practice magic.


700 B.C.


The Celts lived in Europe and were feared by the Roman Empire who adopted many of their customs and practices as their own.


560 B.C.


Exodus 22:18 (Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live) condemns witchcraft.


200 B.C.


Earliest known reference to the Druids.


43 A.D.


Iceni Celts submit to the conquering Roman ruler Calaudius.


61 A.D.


King Prasutagus dies and his wife Queen Boadica is publicly beaten and her two daughters are raped by Roman guards, causing outrage in the Iceni people against Roman rule.


61 A.D. to 63 A.D.


The Iceni Celts are lead in battle against Roman rule by the warrior Queen Boadica. They were almost successful in defeating the Romans.


300 A.D.


Under the pre-Christian Roman Empire, punishment of burning alive was enacted by the State against witches who brought about another person’s death through their enchantments.


306 A.D.


The Christian Council of Elvira refuses last rites to those who had killed a man by a magical spell because such a crime could not be effected “without idolatry” (i.e. the help of the devil).


313 A.D.


Conversion of Emperor Constantine; Christianity is granted official toleration by the Roman Empire.


314 A.D.


Canon 24 of the Council of Ancyra imposes five years of penance upon those who consult magicians. Here, the offence lies in participation in paganism.


420 A.D.


St. Augustine argues that witchcraft is an impossibility.


600 A.D.


Christian pope Gregory the Great proclaims “all the gods of the heathens are demons.”


785 A.D.


The Council of Paderborn rules that sorcerers are to be reduced to serfdom and made over to the service of the Church.


906 A.D.


The document De ecclesiasticis disciplinis ascribed to Regino of Prüm describes popular notions of witchcraft and states it is the duty of priests to “instruct the people that these things are absolutely untrue and that such imaginings are planted in the minds of misbelieving folk, not by a Divine spirit, but by the spirit of evil.”


1012 A.D.


Pope Benedict VIII is consecrated May 17.


1014 A.D.


King Henry II is crowned in Rome on February 14.


1022 A.D.


The first “heretic” is burned in France sparking the witch hysteria.


1080


Pope Gregory VII writes a letter to King Harold of Denmark forbidding witches to be put to death upon presumption of their having caused storms, failure of crops or pestilence.


1167


King John was born on December 24


1199-1216


King John ruled


A man named Gideon was tried by Ordeal of Red Hot poker and proved innocent of witchcraft.


Hubert de Burgh was accused of using Charms to obtain favors from the king.


Cats, dogs, and wolves were hung with their owners for being witch’s familiars.


1200’s


Christianity has replaced traditional religions, which Christians call paganism.


1208 A.D.


Pope Innocent III attacks the belief that both God and Satan can have supernatural powers. Anyone who held the belief in this were labeled heretics.


1217


Eustace the Monk was drown in Sandwich for having magical powers.


1225


In Germany, the secular law code “Sachsenspiegel” designated death by fire as the proper punishment for witchcraft.


1258


Pope Alexander IV instructs, “The Inquisitors, deputed to investigate heresy, must not intrude into investigations of divination or sorcery without knowledge of manifest heresy involved.” “Manifest heresy” is defined as: “praying at the altars of idols, to offer sacrifices, to consult demons, to elicit responses from them… or associate themselves publicly with heretics.”


1273


Thomas Aquinas argues that demons do exist that try to lead people into temptation.


1275


The first “witch” is burned to death after judicial sentence of an inquisitor, in Toulouse, France. Her name was Hugues de Baniol and she “confessed” to having given birth to a monster after intercourse with an evil spirit and to having nourished it with babies’ flesh which she procured in her nocturnal expeditions.


1300s


Women are singled out as witches in Europe.


1300-30


Beginning of the witch trials in Europe.


1305


Philip IV of France sought to end the Knights Templar in order to gain their wealth, under the rein of Pope Clement V.


1307


Philip IV had the Knights Templar arrested and false confessions of blasphemy, idolatry, and sodomy were given as a result of their days of torture.


1308


Guichard, Bishop of Troyes, was accused of killing the queen of France with sorcery.


1312


After fighting for Christianity for 183 years against the Muslims, the Knights Templar was dissolved and their properties were divided between the hospitallers.


1314


Jacques de Molay, last grand master of the Kinights Templar,was burned at the stake for “Devil Worship” despite his good service for Christianity during the Holy Wars.


Pope Clement V died April 20.


1317


The Bishop of Cahors was found guilty of trying to “think” the pope to death using a crystal ball.


1334


Large-scale witch trial in Toulouse, France, in which 63 persons were accused. Of these, eight were handed over to the state to be burned and the rest were imprisoned.


1374


Pope Gregory XI declares that all magic is done with the aid of demons and thus is open to prosecution for heresy.


1400


Peter de Gruyères, a secular judge, carries out large-scale witch trials in Bern, Switzerland.


1419


King Henry V denounces his step mother, Joan of Navarre, for attempting to kill him using incantations.


1418-1422


Joan of Navarre is imprisoned for using witchcraft to try to kill the king.


1440


Gilles de Rais was hanged on October 26 after being found guilty of 150 human sacrifices to Satan.


1459


Robinet de Vaulx of Arras confessed to Inquisitors that he had attended a Witch’s Sabbat and named those with him. Those people that he named were tortured, brought to trial, found guilty, and condemned to death.


1484


Pope Innocent VIII issues an edict that calls for the eradication of witches and other heathens.


Pope Innocent VIII publishes the bull Summis desiderantes affectibus (“Desiring with the Greatest Ardor”) condemning witchcraft as Satanism, the worst of all possible heresies. The bull also officially grants Heinrich Krämer and James Sprenger, Dominican inquisitors, the right to prosecute persons of any class or any form of crime. He uses Exodus 12:18 to back up his campaign.


1486


Heinrich Krämer and Jacob Sprenger publish Malleus maleficarum (“The Hammer of Witches”), a learned but misogynistic book blaming witchcraft chiefly on women. It was reprinted many times thanks to the newly-invented printing press and was a major influence on the witch-hunt hysteria of the next two centuries. It was regarded as the standard handbook on witchcraft until well into the 18th century.


Malleus Maleficarum (Hammer of Witches) triggers witch-hunts in Europe.


1530s


Prosecutions for witchcraft begin in Mexico.


1532


The penal code Carolina decrees that sorcery throughout the German empire should be treated as a criminal offence, and if it injured any person, the witch was to be burned at the stake.


1563


The Scottish Witch Act states that even people who consult with witches to cure various maladies were as guilty of witchcraft as those who actually practiced it.


1572


The Protestant ruler of Saxony imposes the penalty of burning for witchcraft of every kind, including fortune-telling.


1580-1630


Period in which witch-hunts are most severe.


1583


121 persons are burned as witches over three months in Osnabruck, Germany.


1590


Witch trials in North Berwick, Scotland.


1591


King James authorized the torture of suspected witches in Scotland.


1609


In response to a witch panic in the Basque region, La Suprema (the ruling body of the Spanish Inquisition) issues an “Edict of Silence” forbidding all discussion of witchcraft. For, as one inquisitor noted, “There were neither witches nor bewitched until they were talked and written about.”


1631


The Jesuit Friedrich von Spee publishes Cautio criminalis against the witch craze.


1639


The Putnams start a land feud with the Townes near Topsfield, Massachusetts


1647


First hanging for witchcraft in New England.


Alse Young is executed as a witch in Wethersfield, Connecticut.


Mid 1600s


Ninety-three people are accused of witchcraft—fifty in Massachusetts and forty-three in Connecticut. Sixteen are put to death.


1668-76


Outbreak of witch-hunts in Sweden.


1684


The English government revokes the Massachusetts colonial charter.


Massachusetts minister Increase Mather publishes Remarkable Providences, a handbook for identifying witches.


1687


Rebecca Clinton is convicted of being a witch in Ipswich, Massachusetts.


1689


Samuel Parris is ordained as minister of the Salem village congregation.


January


Betty Parris and Abigail Williams try a voodoo fortune-telling experiment. They begin having fits.


February


Ann Putnam, Jr., Elizabeth Hubbard, and other Salem village girls join Betty Parris and Abigail Williams in having fits. They accuse Parris household slave Tituba, Sarah Good, and Sarah Osborne of casting spells on them.


March 1–5


Tituba, Sarah Good, and Sarah Osborne are brought before judges.


March 6–19


The girls accuse Martha Corey of bewitching them. Betty Parris is sent to live in the home of Stephen Sewall.


March 21


Martha Corey is questioned and sent to jail.


March 21–23


Ann Putnam, Sr. begins having fits. She and the girls accuse Rebecca Towne Nurse of putting a spell on them.


March 24


Rebecca Nurse is questioned and sent to jail.


April 30


Thomas Putnam has joined in the accusations. Twenty-three accused witches have been jailed.


May 14


Puritan minister Increase Mather and the new Massachusetts governor, William Phips, arrive in the colony with a new charter from England.


May 31


Thirty-nine other people have been jailed as suspected witches.


June 2


Governor Phipps appoints the Court of Oyer and Terminer to try accused witches. Deputy governor William Stoughton is the chief judge. Bridget Bishop is convicted of witchcraft and sentenced to death.


June 10


Bridget Bishop is hanged. Nathaniel Saltonstall resigns from the panel of judges.


June 29


Sarah Good, Rebecca Nurse, Susannah Martin, Elizabeth Howe, and Sarah Wildes are put on trial. Although Nurse is acquitted, the judges ask the jury to review their decision; return a guilty verdict. Governor Phipps gives Nurse a reprieve, but later withdraws it. All the women are sentenced to death.


July 19


Sarah Good, Rebecca Nurse, Susannah Martin, Elizabeth Howe, and Sarah Wildes are hanged.


August 19


George Burroughs, John Procter, John Willard, George Jacobs, and Martha Carrier are hanged. Elizabeth Procter receives a reprieve because she is pregnant.


September 19


Giles Corey is pressed to death.


September 22


Martha Corey, Mary Easty, Alice Parker, Mary Parker, Ann Pudeator, Margaret Scott, Wilmot Redd, and Samuel Wardell are hanged.


October 3


Increase Mather gives a sermon in which he questions the validity of spectral evidence. The sermon is later published as Cases of Conscience concerning Evil Spirits Personating Men.


October 12


Governor Phipps forbids the jailing of more suspected witches.


October 29


Governor Phipps dissolves the Court of Oyer and Terminer.


November


The “bewitched” Salem girls are called to Gloucester to identify witches, but they are ignored when they have fits.


1692


Between May and October, 19 people are tried and hanged as witches in Salem, Massachusetts.


1693


Cotton Mather publishes Wonders of the Invisible World in defense of the witch trials.


January 3


A Superior Court, headed by William Stoughton, is formed to try accused witches. After three are found guilty, Phipps gives them a reprieve; he also gives reprieves to five others sentenced previously.


January 31


Stoughton resigns from the court in protest against the reprieves.


May


Governor Phipps orders all remaining accused witches released from jail after payment of their fees.


1697


January 14


The Massachusetts General Assembly declares a Day of Fasting to commemorate the victims of the trials. Twelve trial jurors sign a statement admitting they convicted and condemned people to death on the basis of insufficient evidence. Salem trial judge Samuel Sewall makes a public apology for his role in the executions.


Robert Calef writes More Wonders of the Invisible World, in which he attacks accusers and judges in the Salem trials.


Samuel Parris is forced to resign as minister of the Salem village church.


Early 1700s


The Enlightenment begins to displace Puritanism and traditional superstitions.


1703


The Reverend Joseph Green formally reverses Martha Corey’s excommunication from Salem village church.


1706


Ann Putnam, Jr. makes an apology for her role in sending innocent people to their deaths.


1710


The Massachusetts General Court grants the sum of 578 pounds as compensation to the families of Salem trial victims.


1749


The last trial for witchcraft in Germany is carried out at Würzburg.


1754


Torture is abolished in Prussia.


1782


Last known execution for witchcraft takes place in Switzerland, in the Protestant canton of Glarus.


1800


Belief in witchcraft lingers in New England.


1807


Torture is abolished in Bavaria.


1822


Torture is abolished in Hanover.


1846


American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne writes Young Goodman Brown, one of many stories and novels about Puritan bigotry and repression.


1875


Birth of Aleister Crowley, occultist who influenced Gerald Gardner.


1885


Birth of Gerald Gardner, founder of Gardnerian Wicca.


1890s


Aleister Crowley joins the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, of which William Butler Yeats was also a member.


1899


Charles Godfrey Leland publishes Aradia or the Goddess of the Witches.


Early 1900s


The British Order of the Druids revives the practice of Wicca.


1910


Crowley meets a leader of German Masonic order called the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), a combination of Masonic rites and the traditions of the Rosicrucians, the Templars, the Illuminists, and Bengali Tantrism. Crowley was soon initiated into the order and progressing through the degrees of the order.


1912


Crowley is named Grand Master of the O.T.O. for Great Britain and Ireland.


1921


British archaeologist Margaret Murray writes The Witch-Cult in Europe, sparking an interest in witch covens.


1926


Birth of Alexander Sanders, founder of Alexandrian Wicca.


1929


Margaret Murray published her article “Witchcraft” in the 14th edition of Encyclopedia Britannica.


1939


The O.T.O. in Germany is effectively dissolved by the Nazis.


1939


Gardner joins the Folklore Society and presents a paper on witchcraft.


1939


The year Gerald Gardner claims he was initiated into a witch cult called the New Forest Coven, led by Dorothy Clutterbuck.


1940


January 30


Zsuzsanna Budapest, feminist writer and leader of Dianic Wicca, is born.


1940s


Gardner joins the nudist group The Fiveacres Country Club.


1946


Gardner begins work on High Magic’s Aid, a fictional novel partially based on those of his Southern Coven. The witches of his coven opposed making their rituals public, which is why it was presented as fiction and filled out with rituals from other sources.


1947


Gardner and Edith Woodford-Grimes start a company called Ancient Crafts Ltd.


1947


Gardner meets Crowley at Crowley’s home in Hastings for the first time on May 1, and visits him again several times during May.


1947


Gardner becomes a member of the O.T.O. in May and is authorized by Crowley to found an O.T.O. encampment and initiate new members.


1947


Crowley dies on December 1.


1947


On December 27, Gardner writes a letter claiming to have been designated as successor to Crowley as leader of the O.T.O. Karl Germer assumed leadership instead, and held it until his death in 1962.


1949


Gerald Gardner publishes High Magic’s Aid under the pseudonym Scire.


1950


Gardner begins distancing himself from Crowley and the O.T.O. in favor of Wicca.


Gardner states in a letter that Crowley had participated in the witch cult but left in disgust due to the leadership of the High Priestess and the nudity.


1951


Anti-witchcraft laws of 1735 are repealed by the British Parliament.


English writer Gerald B. Gardner declares himself a witch.


Gardner founds the “Northern Coven” in London and holds a small rite at his home near the British Museum on May Eve.


1953


Doreen Valiente is initated by Gardner, and soon became High Priestess.


1954


Gardner publishes Witchcraft Today, an event which many regard as the founding of Wicca.


1957


Wicca splits into two factions, one that supports Gardner’s growing publicity of the religion (led by Gardner) and one that opposes it (led by Doreen Valiente).


1959


Gardner publishes The Meaning of Witchcraft, in which he first uses the term “Wica.”


1960s


Neo–paganism spreads throughout North America and Europe.


1963-64


Gardner winters in Lebanon to help his failing health.


1964


Gardner dies of heart failure on the SS Scottish Prince in the Mediterranean. His body is buried at the next port of call, Tunis.


1970s


The Council of American Witches (which no longer exists) formulated a kind of basic Wiccan creed.


1975


The Covenant of the Goddess is formed to incorporate hundreds of separate Wiccan covens. It is officially recognized as a church in the United States.


1985


The District Court of Virginia declares that Wicca is a legitimate religion protected by the First Amendment.


1986


A federal appeals court ruled that Wicca was a legal religion. Wicca is therefore now protected by the U.S. Constitution as are other religions.


1989


Valiente publishes The Rebirth of Witchcraft, a first-hand account of the history and development of Wicca.


1991


Aiden A. Kelly publishes Crafting the Art of Magic, Book I, which aims to show that Gardner’s Book of Shadows could be entirely traced to earlier sources.


1999


A Wiccan vernal equinox celebration starts a controversy at Fort Hood, Texas.


2007


The Bush Administration votes to allow the pentacle (5 pointed star inside a circle) to be engraved on the headstones of fallen pagan soldiers buried in Arlington National Cemetery and other U.S. military burial grounds.

Source: dancingmooncoven.blogspot.com

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It’s been quiet on the events/conventions front the past weeks, but yesterday we were at Elfia in Haarzuilens. I jumped on the occasion to wear my AU Élise Grand Master cosplay, with the spencer jacket I made last week. The weather was perfect for this costume. While we didn’t stay for very long, we still had time for some pictures! 😊

Advocate!Obi-Wan AU

Got some AU headcanon stuff fermenting in my brain, but I know I’m never going to write the actual fic, so here you go.

  • Obi-Wan is never chosen as a Padawan and gets shipped off to the AgriCorps. Cue Obi-Wan levels of self-sacrifice and reckless endangerment without the Jedi excuse. Lots of putting himself in risky positions to help other people and getting hurt.
  • Eventually, he’s hospitalized one too many times and a decent doctor looks at his records and is like “This kid is going to get himself killed. Time for mandatory therapy.” Mental Health Professional meets with Obi-Wan and makes it their mission to help put this kid back together because WTF
  • Obi-Wan learns through these meetings that a) he is NOT OKAY b) Jedi child rearing is NOT OKAY and c) NO ONE ELSE KNOWS THIS. MHP is APPALLED by how he grew up because the Jedi are supposed to be wise and wonderful and all this shite. Obi-Wan’s a smart kid; he starts putting things together. He comes to the conclusion that this mysterious, secretive child soldiering may have been acceptable with the Sith Empire breathing down the Republic’s neck, but the Republic’s been At Peace for 1000 years.
  • He stays with the AgriCorps for a while because they are doing good things and are giving him a free education, but when he finishes his Republic GED, he leaves to go to University.
  • Obi-Wan studies law and child psychology and starts talking to everyone as part of his Long Term Plan data gathering. He starts building his network. Former Initiates, MHPs who specialize in the effects of abuse, legislators, religious groups, former Bando Gorra cult members and former Nightsisters/Nightbrothers, parents who gave up their children to the Jedi, parents who didn’t give up their children to the Jedi who are now struggling. He forms connections and the papers he writes (which the University gets his baffled permission to publish) start sparking new ideas among the mental health and child advocate communities. He starts making a name for himself even before finishing his degrees.
  • Obi-Wan graduates and immediately begins working on his plan. He starts meeting with reps from the Department of Child Services on high profile Core worlds who have Force sensitive detection programs with the Order. He starts meeting with the Department of Child Services for the Republic. He meets with planetary Judges and gets his name up to a Judge or two in The Courts. He compiles his research, his recorded stories, his precedents and he submits his findings to the appropriate governmental bodies and “Shit,” multiple governing bodies mutter to themselves, “how did we let this happen?”
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi tries very, very hard not to smirk at the looks on their faces when he presents the Jedi High Council with criminal charges of child abuse, neglect, and willful endangerment. Little Initiate Obi-Wan had been taught to reign in passion in favour of serenity. The Obi-Wan standing before the Council, who grew up out in the galaxy and not cloistered away in the Temple, is a very passionate man who cares very deeply and there is nothing stopping him now.
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi is tasked with forming a committee to help reform take hold in the Order. He brings together Jedi Corps leaders and parents and MHPs and Knights who agreed that changes needed to be made. And they start making changes.
  • Initiates can start at older ages (up to about 5 or 6 normally). Initiates who surpass their 13th birthday without being chosen become Senior Initiates and are put into training groups who share classes and general Jedi instruction until their 16th birthdays, where they can choose to leave the Order to their families/foster families/as emancipated teens or opt into sponsored academic study with the Corps branches. Padawans are not permitted on missions to active war zones or military conflict until legal adulthood; diplomatic, research, or aid relief missions only. Knights within the first 5 years of Knighthood are required to have a mission partner when being dispatched to active war zones or military conflict missions. All Jedi dispatched are required to see MHPs on their return if their missions included active war zones, military conflict, or unplanned violence. Initiates and Padawans are permitted contact with their families on a limited basis (to start, but Obi-Wan has plans to expand that). Council members must be elected and can only serve a limited number of consecutive terms.
  • There’s a lot of disagreement among the Masters about whether this is a good thing or not and the High Council are pissed about being told what to do, but the Creche masters all back it and the Initiate instructors see an immediate change in their charges who stop being afraid and fighting. Rivalries die down to manageable competition and bullying can be more effectively dealt with. More Padawans are chosen on the whole because they’re not angry and afraid.
  • When new policies start to settle into routine, Obi-Wan pushes again. Resources for Force Sensitives who aren’t given to the Temple so that they can learn to control and use their gifts safely. Limited access to the Temple archives for academics and researchers (with much more manageable hoops to jump through than there used to be). Setting up user-friendly public access to information and research made by the Corps branches. Opportunities for parents of Force sensitives to tour the Temple and make an educated decision. He works with archivists and administration divisions to put a better system in place for the public to put in requests for assistance, requests for information,  and request testing for Force sensitivity.
  • The Senate initially praises Obi-Wan for his hard work at uncovering this kind of corruption in the Order, but very quickly shut up as he turns on them and starts working to separate direct Senate control from the Order. He hates politicians, but he’s very good at his job and knows the right people to push his initiatives forward (and doesn’t realize that he inspires people to be better people). The Order has control to veto requests from the Senate if it interferes with the Order’s mandate. No more direct requests from the Chancellor without going through a vetting process. Diplomatic processes for requests from outside the Republic’s borders. As a byproduct of this, several corrupt senators start wrapping up their affairs and stepping down. Once Kenobi gets his mind on a problem, there is no stopping him and they wisely opt to take their bribes and retire gracefully. They don’t want to be part of the fallout if his eyes catch something funny in their books.
  • Ol’ Palpatine finds himself unable to be re-elected as Senator because the entire atmosphere of the Republic has been changing and no one buys his empty bluster anymore. He could Convince the right people, but there are too many eyes looking in too many places these days and he can’t position himself to a place where it wouldn’t matter.
  • Qui-Gon’s been his surly, loner self and doesn’t keep up with Coruscant politics. Not much changes in his mission parameters since he’s been a Master for a number of years; he just has to grudgingly report to a MHP after almost all his missions now. He finds himself on Tatooine during a mission and frees Anakin to bring him back to the Temple in a similar manner to The Phantom Menace. He brings Anakin before the Council, which has almost completely new members since the last time he was there, and Grand Master Plo Koon stops him mid-report to have an emergency call put out to Kenobi’s people to send an advocate for young Skywalker.
  • Baffled and kind of pissed off, Qui-Gon gets immediately sent to his designated MHP to go over the decisions he made on that mission until the advocate arrives. Confused and frightened, Plo escorts Anakin down to the Creche and introduces him to Master Yoda, who is playing games with the toddlers. Anakin’s worried about what is happening, but Yoda and the younglings sufficiently distract him until he’s summoned by a Senior Initiate.
  • Qui-Gon and Anakin reach the meeting room at the same time and when they go in, Plo is sitting there with Obi-Wan Kenobi, who greets Anakin warmly and explains who he is and why he’s there. Anakin needs documentation before he can be officially brought into the order - immigration papers, ident papers, etc - and Obi-Wan tells him his options. He can stay at the Temple as a ward with the creche masters until the paperwork comes in or he can opt to stay with a host family on Coruscant. He says that he will be meeting with a Sentient Rights Commission rep and Master Plo to discuss what avenues are available to free his mother. He says that he will have to be tested for entry soon, given his age, but Obi-Wan will be there to help him make that decision and help explain the different options he has if he chooses not to become an Initiate.
  • Qui-Gon interrupts that is he will be taking on Anakin as his Padawan, but Obi-Wan shuts that right down. He’s not ready for apprenticeship. He needs to basics and the opportunity to learn with kids his own age. If it is his choice to become a Jedi, he needs to learn what that means. Obi-Wan explains that Qui-Gon also needs to learn what taking Anakin on would mean because it’s been years since he had a Padawan and things have changed. Qui-Gon bristles at being told off, but Anakin is glowing with the chance to make his own future, so he shuts up.
  • Shmi is freed and brought to Coruscant as a refugee and jumps at the opportunity to learn because she’s never been allowed. She and Obi-Wan become very good friends. Her boy Ani had already opted to become an Initiate at the Temple by then, but she’s allowed to visit from time to time and watch him grow.
  • Qui-Gon gets a damn wake up call and starts sorting out his shit. He spends more time in Temple and sees all the things that Obi-Wan’s work has changed. He wavers between mourning the Knight Obi-Wan could have been if Qui-Gon hadn’t been so self-centered and extremely proud of the man that that little reckless Initiate has become.
  • Obi-Wan gets to protect all his little Jedi brothers and sisters and gets to visit them to see how they’re doing and they get to be a big happy family.
  • The Sith just kind of slink back to the background and have to rethink their whole stupid plan because it’s not going to work now.

In A Different Life… Luke Skywalker searching the galaxy for Yoda 
Belstaff, Fall 2012

In a galaxy far, far away but in a different life… Anakin Skywalker decide to leave the Jedi Order with his Padawan, he unknowingly changed future in ways he ever realize, including Darth Tyranus dying at the hands of Darth Venifica who was once known as Asajj Ventress. After the aftermath of Order 66, the Master and Padawan decide create a sanctuary for all Force Sensitives including Anakin’s infant twins. More then a decade later, at the age of seventeen, Luke Skywalker has crossed blades with the Imperial Inquisitors more times he can cared to count while searching for for surviving Jedi. When learning that Erza Bridger had a vision of Yoda, he begins his search for the last Grand Master of the Jedi Order.

Mr Martin Rigg. Bedfordshires Grand Master of Illustration x

Yesterday was Martin’s last day of teaching on the Art Foundation course at Bedford College. For 37 years he has inspired a great number of artists, illustrators and graphic designers from Bedfordshire. This was the card I was asked to draw for the great man.

Martin taught me a good few years ago and I have also worked alongside him as a lecturer at Bedford College these past few years. He’s a truly great man and I’m pleased to say that I’ve been helping him set up a tumblr of his own to finally show the world his  amazing illustrations.

Whilst working as a lecturer for 37 years Martin was still creating illustration art in his garden shed. Amazingly he showed them to hardly no one. Even his family hadn’t seen some of the pieces he was drawing. But recently we got a glimpse of Martins work and we were in absolute awe of how incredible it is.

The detail, characters and just general craftsmanship is so bloody stunning.

Anyway, the tumblr we created is well worth a look as the work Martin has been creating over all of those years is phenomenal. 

You can find it here: 

http://martinriggillustration.tumblr.com

Thanks Martin. You are a very real hero. :)

x

I really feel for Bertram Allen after what happened last night in the Grand Prix. Such an excellent round, an absolute master class. I think the response of all the other competitors was really supportive and kind. Equally, it is an important rule which needs to be upheld and i guess we just can’t have professionals winning with blood visible on their horse. Such a shame.