|FROM THE EXECUTIVE WING COMMANDER:
State of the Wing
Greetings my fellow Paladins,
By the time you read this, we will have grown to include over 350 members in the Consortium... That's 350 commanders that believe in the same foundational principle of "Pilot Autonomy - Unified as One."
"We are a community of commanders that encourage every aspect of what this game has to offer, and when the need arises, come together to accomplish specific goals and objectives."
And over the past several weeks we have seen quite a few "specific goals and objectives" reveal themselves and I'm more than proud to say that you all rose to the occasion at every turn.
Now before I get into the "
What's next for
", I would like to take just a moment and recap some of our recent highlights because I feel it's very important to not only celebrate all of the victories of course, but also examine the outcomes of what we do as a group
so that we are always able to look for areas of improvement with everything we do.
GalCop and friends
For a couple months now, we have been allied to several other player groups including the Diamond Frogs, EXO, Dark Echo, East India Company, Pixel Bandits Security Force, and Davinci to name a few. We have worked with them with respect
to training, helping each other with our minor factions, and offering mutual military support. Now with the introduction of the Dangerous Games, this alliance known as GalCop (Galactic Cooperative) has the chance to become the first
player group power in the game. This is a very exciting time for us and we are very happy to call the GalCop members our friends. The games are set to begin towards the end of June so more details will be coming surrounding that very
We also have unofficial alliances with some other well known groups including the Hutton Truckers and Adle's Armada. We engage with them in various community events, supporting minor factions, training, and just general "fun." Just a
couple weeks ago we competed in "Hogan's Run", the SRV planetside race hosted by the Truckers was not only a blast, but also proved that Paladin's are pretty good at driving SRV's by coming in 5th place out of about 20 other groups...
Oh yeah, and the excitement of taking on SDC at the finish line for the usual "ganking style" fun. Most recently lending a helping hand to the Truckers during their election to determine just who is the most effective master debater in
George Pantazis. We proved there that we are a mighty force to be reckoned with as we effectively reduced the opposition's influence to 0%!
So where to we go from here?
Through all of the excitement... there has been a constant 'tap tap tap' on my shoulder... a calling that, up until recently, I have been be able to drown out with the sound of all the self-focused desires of making the Consortium great
for its members and allies. However, the other day I finally made the decision to actually listen. I went back to my executive suite in Onnes Gateway overlooking the keyhole and found a tiny little "post it" note covered in dust and barely still hanging on
the wall. It was my original mission statement. Here's what it read.
"Paladin Consortium will be created to bring together pilots who want to offer help to those who need it. To stand up and help the little guy..."
Nice little wake up call for every one of us...
Now I challenge each one of you to seriously reflect on your experiences since joining the Consortium... and ask yourself "What have I done to help others...selflessly" whether it's other members, allies, random commanders you come
across in your travels... Do you take time for others and offer them guidance, assistance, comradery?
Well I believe the time has come to make sure we focus on that goal... to focus on supporting the one simple original ideal for creating this group. We are not a safe haven for pilots, we are group of like-minded commanders that now need
to focus "on others" and not ourselves.
The Paladin Consortium is expanding...
Not a BGS type expansion, but our own expansion into another area of the galaxy. We intend to move a massive fleet into the area around the starter systems, where every new player flies
out of the station in their free Sidewinder and tries to make their first 10,000 credits. Our role will be to assist these players in any way we can, offering them advice; teaching winging; teaching high wake escaping; winging in res
sites to increase their earnings; when need be, standing between them and those that would club the seal pups to show them that 'Open Play' doesn't have to be thought of in such a negative light like it is today. This is what the Paladin Consortium was created for, and it is time to properly embrace that role.
We don't issue orders in the Consortium. No one is required to join this venture. LFT 37 remains, and will always be, the Paladin "home" system, and many will no doubt remain here enjoying the background simulation, the slave trading,
and racing SRVs down Pappa's Crack.
Those that do come will be in a much busier part of the galaxy. On Eravate's doorstep. Our location will be flexible, but we propose Wohler Station in Kremainn as a central hub for our new "expansion home."
More details on this to come soon... however I fully believe that this expansion will define the next chapter in the existence of one of the most noble and self-less groups in the Elite
Community... and you will all help to guide the hand of the scribe that will be documenting our journey together into the dark unknown...
and as long as there are Paladins around, there
will always be light to guide the way for every commander in the galaxy...
For the Consortium!