Newsletter - December 7th

Nor'baal

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HUTT CARTEL
NEWSLETTER

Welcome one and all, all and one, to the new Cartel newsletter! As you may have seen, there was an election for the who the new leader of the Cartel should be, and I somehow won (I joke, it was thanks to all your kind votes). Thank you to all of you who got involved, @Ecclessey @Livgardist @TAC @RED-1 @Chask274 @KrakenDaWhip @Miz @Hatebackwards @Aleksandr @Jabonicus @Eldritch @Phœnix @The Kyzer, @Bee, @TheSilentWind, @Relent, @Naruto667, @VVVVVV, @M4TT, @ZayPat!

So, after a weekend of working on making sure I have something to present to you all - let us get down to business.

POLITICS AND RANKS
Firstly, I will be updating the Council Section of the Cartel, so as to show the changes that have happened in light of the war, and the need for rising collectivization of power to respond to the increase in threats. In short, the Grandee Lorda (Now the 'Supreme Mogul) will be collecting power around himself more and surrounding himself with trusted associates, as well as one new rank using a title you may have heard of before, using the increase in tensions across the Galaxy as an excuse to do so (sound familiar?). This will have an effect on ranks, in the following way:

Grandee Lorda/Supreme Mogul: Now acting as overall head of state for the Cartel with direct control over the military. Instead of controlling assets (which has always been suggested but never stated directly) he will instead demand ‘Tithes’ from current families and operating criminals, surrounding himself with minions to do his bidding.

Lorda: The Leader of one of the five great families, they will operate as usual, with the Hutt Council serving as a place for them to meet, and discuss politics with the Grandee Lorda. When new territory is taken, the Families will compete to offer the better deal to the Grandee Lorda in the hope that they secure ownership of it.

Con Lorda: An advisory role to the Grandee Lorda.

All other ranks will remain uneffected.

FAMILIES

The families will now become for the duration of the timelines the simple NPC money earning factions that greedily seek out new riches to claim. They will be used in missions, and can be used as NPC’s with permission from the Faction Leader.

All players will now belong to the Grandee Lordas Crime Family, thus centralizing the membership base. Therefore as a prospect, enforcer of champio, you will be one of the made men of the biggest and best crime family in history.

MILITARY

There will be no OCC changes here, but I will reinforce one point. As can be seen in the write-up, 45% of the military is made up of mercenaries answerable to the families. From now on they are to be treated as militia, levys to be used in war when needed. The remaining 55% of the military, including the main armed fleets in the Navy Write-Up will be answerable to, and owned by, the Grandee Lorda, to police the Cartel and ensure the families remain loyal, and also to protect and expand it.

When the Cartel expands,for example, to a new planet, it will be the army of the Grandee Lorda that leads the way, however families will compete to hurl their support behind the invasion in the hope that they are rewarded the most, meaning Levies and Militia may make an appearance as cannon fodder.

Furthermore, there will be a new fleet movement - which I will announce here - and that is that the Scylla is being moved to Nal Hutta to serve as the Supreme Moguls flagship, and also to upset the Empire. This movement can be seen in the 'noted deployments' section of the Navy.

DEALING WITH OTHER FACTIONS

This is to be split three fold, and shall be as follows:

  1. The Rebellion: The Grandee Lorda, fully aware that the Rebellion requires the Hutts aid will demand stronger and more Hutt favored terms, and will support the Rebels in secret. ‘Accidentally’ moving unarmed convoys into their space, and secretly dumping credits on them, in return for territory etc.
  2. The Empire: Boo Hiss! We will be ramping up tensions along the DMZ, which will be done originally through more fleet movements along the border, with a stand-off between Hutt and Imperial Fleets - the Galaxy on a knifes edge feel - being played out in a thread soon. Anyone who wants to do business with the Empire however, may do so!
  3. Indies: We will be working more with Indies, but it will be very much on the Cartels terms. If they get in the way….bye bye! The Cartel will actively seek to do business with them, but we are not going to be prioritizing good relations.

It is important for people to know, the Grandee Lorda will be officially neutral in public to all sides of the war, but in secret will be urging the Lordas to help both sides, making it easier for any player to do business with the Empire or the Rebels!

HONORIFIC TITLES

Something I have been wanted to see happen for a while, in a system to recognize members for their individual contributions - a system outside of the normal rank structure. This used to be done through the old 'Rings' system, but no more! Instead a player character can be awarded an Honorary Title which has its own duties and perks attached! Take a look!

PARTY PARTY PARTY

There is currently an open thread up and running, celebrating the new Mogul, so go and party! Now. Do it now.

OOC STUFF

I have heard and seen a few players expressing concerns that ''Norby is out for himself and only himself'', and I would like to put those concerns to rest and also state that such antagonistic statements about any members of this - or indeed any other - faction are not welcome, as it serves only to hurt peoples feelings and wind them up. I will be less active on the RP side of things, due to the increased workload of this role, and I will not be making my character Nor'baal leader of this faction, nor will I be transferring everything the faction owns into his possession, and to think so is frankly silly.

I will be working with the members of the Cartel, as well as the other Faction Leaders, to work with what I have to shape my vision for the Cartel, a vision that hopeful leads to a satisfying and memorable end for the Cartel and all of its members at the end of this Timeline. That is hopefully that last I will have to say on this matter. Please, join missions, bounties, and PM me ideas for new missions, new bounties or general ideas for the faction - my PM box is always open and I aim to reply within 24 hours to all messages I get, no matter who from.


IC NEWS

Something I know some players have been interested in seeing put into action, is an IC news-feed. So, let me introduce everyone to the 'Cartel News Network', bringing you the very best in Cartel Sponsored, heavily bias news! If you would like to contribute, just send me a PM with your story :)

AFL'S

I am also happy to introduce both Pheonix and Livgardist as the new Assistant Faction Leaders on the forum! They both will be getting a pay-rise. Lol, who am I kidding....

Anyway, both of them are great Cartel Members, with Pheonix bringing many ideas to the table during the election, and Livgardist always on the lookout for new ways to bring crime and ruination to the Galaxy. Pheonix will be the one who approves sign-ups, bounties, and also makes sure that bounties are up to scratch! Livgardist will be approving tiered rewards, and mission sign-ups!

These roles will adapt and grow as time goes by.

A round of applause please everyone!

BOUNTIES AND MISSIONS

We will be shaking up the Bounty Board over the next few days, so keep your eyes open! However, before that, one big announcement:

As of now, Bounties are officially open to Indie Characters!
As well as this I am sure people will have seen the brand new missions we have up and running, here and here - so go and sign up! We also will be making a new mission pack with other factions soon, so, keep your eyes peeled!

TEH END!

Go sign up for stuff! and remember, if you need anything, I am only a PM away!
Feedback is important, so if you have MISSION IDEAS, BOUNTY REQUESTS, SUGGESTIONS, then PM me, and just put your name as the title, alongside one of the three capitalized categories so I know what is about!
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''Norby is out for himself and only himself"

He just tried to blackmail me into paying him 10 million pounds or he'd "forget about our threads"....can I change my vote to Phoenix retroactively?
 

Nor'baal

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''Norby is out for himself and only himself"

He just tried to blackmail me into paying him 10 million pounds or he'd "forget about our threads"....can I change my vote to Phoenix retroactively?
Ha.
Funny man.
@Livgardist, take this one to the mines.
 

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I will serve this faction with distinction a distinct lack of scruples. :cool:
 

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How do bounties work? I may be interested....
 

Nor'baal

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You can check the bounty forum for more information, with all our bounties now open to indie characters.
 
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