The Elite Trials

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Introduction

(JAWA) has never been a skill-based clan, but since the beginning we've found ways to recognize the skills of our most dedicated members. The rank of Elite was first introduced in 2005, and could be earned by passing a series of trials administered by the clan's most experienced members. It was joined by that of Master in 2007, and although the names, trials, and even number of ranks that could be earned this way have changed over time, these are the classic skill-based ranks of our clan. The Elite rank can be earned by members who have not yet received the rank of Lord, while members who have attained that rank will become Masters if they pass the trials.

All trials involve lightsaber combat, as well as other skills, abilities, or knowledge that would be expected of a Jedi Knight or other Force user. Most trials incorporate tests of acrobatic skill, as well as various forms of armed and unarmed combat, elements of problem-solving, and miscellaneous topics designed to determine the range and depth of a trialist's skills. A fuller explanation is provided below.


The Trial Masters


Trial Procedures

Active members who have attained the rank of Guardian or its equivalent in either the Jedi or Sith pathway may apply to take the trials by posting an application in the Trials subforum of (JAWA) Central. The Trial Masters will then discuss whether the applicant meets the criteria to be admitted to the trials: whether the applicant is sufficiently active to justify scheduling trials, whether the applicant's skills are sufficient for the applicant to have a reasonable chance of passing, and whether the applicant would be a good representative of the (JAWA) Clan, worthy of wearing the Elite or Master ranks.

Each trialist will face three Trial Masters, who are selected from among the available masters at the time an application to take the trials is approved. While Trial Masters may reach out to trialists in order to schedule trials, it is the trialist's responsibility to arrange trials with the assigned masters at a convenient time. If a particular Trial Master cannot administer a trial at a convenient time, a substitute may be arranged. Trials may be paused and resumed or rescheduled to suit the availability of both the trialist and master. The results of each trial are not announced until all three trials have been completed. Trialists must pass two out of three trials in order to earn the Elite or Master ranks.

As one might expect, the chief component of every trial is lightsaber combat. However, no trial is complete unless it tests multiple fields of skill, some of which inevitably go beyond combat. Most trials incorporate maneuvering and acrobatics, while many include elements of other skills, such a trialist's knowledge of ranged weapons, melee combat, piloting, teamwork, Force powers, problem-solving, and a general knowledge of the clan and its history. Every trial is different, and each Trial Master will have unique expectations of the trialist. While certain elements can be anticipated in any trial, trialists are not usually told what the elements of an upcoming trial will be, or which skills, abilities, or knowledge will be tested. For this reason, trialists with a wide range of skills are more likely to pass than those who excel in only one or two fields.


About the Trial Masters

Amongst the greatest honours accorded to members of the (JAWA) Clan are the ranks of Elite and Master. Anyone seeking these ranks must demonstrate both great skill and great commitment to the clan. Since the rebirth of the (JAWA) Clan in 2006, these members have had to undergo a series of Elite Trials, administered by members of the (JAWA) Council, whose own skills and knowledge of the game qualify them to stand as judges for those who desire to prove their ability.

At the beginning of 2006, the Elite rank was called Master, and applicants had to face all members of the council. However, in February the council appointed three Trial Masters to oversee and simplify the process. The first Trial Masters were HI, Shinobi, and Chrono. Since then, the rank of Master was renamed Elite, and Master reconstituted as a separate rank above that of Disciple. In June, 2007, the trials were administered by four masters. The following month, the clan briefly experimented with a system in which all council members administered trials. However, by the end of July, the council decided to revert to the Trial Master system.

The following members have served as Trial Masters since 2006. Those marked with asterisks (*) also held the ranks of Elite or Master during their time in the clan.


 Timeline

SephFF

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44th

Length
January 2021 — Present


Total time served
Current Trial Master

TheDoctor

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43rd

Length
May 2018 — January 2019


Total time served
8 Months

Mooku

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42nd

Length
May 2018 — August 2018


Total time served
3 Months

Siadrik

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41st

Length
March 2017 — July 2017


Total time served
4 Months

Jacobie

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40th

Length
August 2016 — October 2016


Total time served
2 Months

Aya Solari

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39th

Length
July 2016 — July 2017


Total time served
1 Year

Frosty

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38th

Length
May 2016 — January 2019


Total time served
2 Years, 8 Months

Cronus

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37th

Length
January 2016 — November 2017


Total time served
1 Year, 11 Months

Dace

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36th

Length
January 2016 — September 2016


Total time served
8 Months

IronSkull86

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35th

Length
January 2016 — July 2016


Total time served
6 Months

Wolfy

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34th

Length
January 2016 — May 2016


Total time served
4 Months

System

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33rd

Length
January 2016 — May 2018


Total time served
2 Years, 4 Months

* Duster-Man *

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32nd

Length
July 2013 — June 2015
January 2016 — October 2016


Total time served
2 Years, 8 Months

Ruxith

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31st

Length
March 2013 — July 2013


Total time served
5 Months

Lostris

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30th

Length
January 2013 — June 2013


Total time served
6 Months

Dopie

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29th

Length
December 2012 — December 2014


Total time served
2 Years

Nightwing

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28th

Length
December 2012 — March 2013


Total time served
4 Months

Robin

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27th

Length
September 2012 — January 2013
January 2019 — June 2019


Total time served
10 Months

* Ivanova *

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26th

Length
September 2012 — July 2013


Total time served
11 Months

Diab

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25th

Length
September 2012 — December 2012
October 2023 — Present


Total time served
Current Trial Master

NorthStar

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24th

Length
December 2011 — May 2012
September 2012 — March 2013


Total time served
1 Year, 1 Month

Bandeth

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23rd

Length
October 2011 — August 2012


Total time served
11 Months

Ford

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22nd

Length
May 2011 — November 2011


Total time served
7 Months

* Fox *

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21st

Length
April 2011 — October 2011
March 2013 — July 2013


Total time served
1 Year

* Cole *

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20th

Length
January 2011 — May 2011


Total time served
5 Months

* Jazzy *

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19th

Length
December 2010 — April 2011
May 2012 — December 2012
April 2014 — September 2015
January 2021 — Present


Total time served
Current Trial Master

Aemi

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18th

Length
December 2010 — January 2011


Total time served
2 Months

Zu

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17th

Length
January 2010 — July 2013
August 2013 — April 2014


Total time served
3 Years 3 Months

Tao

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16th

Length
August 2009 — January 2010
September 2012 — November 2012


Total time served
9 Months

* Helena Revan *

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15th

Length
April 2008 — January 2019
January 2021 — Present


Total time served
Current Trial Master

* DarkSoul *

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14th

Length
September 2007 — April 2008


Total time served
8 Months

* Jasp *

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13th

Length
June 2007 — July 2007
August 2007
October 2007 — February 2008
December 2012 — June 2013
July 2017 — December 2017
February 2023 – Present


Total time served
Current Trial Master

* Yami *

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12th

Length
May 2007 — June 2007


Total time served
2 Months

Caelum

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11th

Length
May 2007 — September 2007


Total time served
5 Months

Kel'Born

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10th

Length
January 2007 — March 2007


Total time served
3 Months

* Mario *

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9th

Length
December 2006 — March 2007
July 2007 — November 2007


Total time served
9 Months

SiLink

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8th

Length
December 2006 — July 2013


Total time served
6 Years

* Xibios *

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7th

Length
December 2006 — March 2007


Total time served
4 Months

* Razz *

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6th

Length
June 2006 — July 2006


Total time served
2 Months

* Salazar *

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5th

Length
June 2006 — July 2006


Total time served
2 Months

Zantos

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4th

Length
June 2006 — Unknown
July 2007 — September 2007
November 2007 — March 2010


Total time served
4 Years

* Chrono *

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3rd

Length
February 2006 — October 2006


Total time served
9 Months

* HI *

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2nd

Length
February 2006 — December 2006


Total time served
11 Months

Shinobi

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1st

Length
February 2006 — December 2006


Total time served
11 Months