THE ACOLYTE SYSTEM
As acolytes are Sith in training, without a master, they rely on those above them in the hierarchy for their training and growth. Becoming an Acolyte is an induction into the order, introducing one to the concept of the guild and it's ideas as well as forming the foundation for further RP.
These teaching as well as the trials are held by the Sith Doctrine Sphere under the Arch Mystic.
- The Sith: History/Code/Conduct
Final assignment: A public essay.
Acolytes must learn the Code by heart, as well as have some insights into how the Sith Code affects their lives, why it does, and why it should. Additionally, the Jedi Code will be considered, and how it affects their lives. The acolytes will be expected to give a reasoned answer as to why Jedi hold to their own code, even if it is wrong, and not simply disregard the questions it poses. This is doubly important, as being able to answer these questions will stop the Sith from being misguided by the words of any Jedi they might come across.
They must also display a reasonable knowledge of Sith history.
More of an ongoing appraisal than a specific task, acolytes are expected to behave intelligently and with control over their own emotions, even as they are encouraged to nurture and twist those very feelings; power without control is useless. A healthy respect for the power of others, and an ability to reason about the consequences of their actions, are essential. Manners and an ability to act in a manner befitting of their station and current surroundings are also important.
- Saber Combat: Philosophy/Combat/Lightsaber
Final assignment: Creating a lightsaber + A combat display
The physical arts must be represented, even if the
acolyte is more Force-based. For those who are more inclined to melée combat,
the requirements will be more demanding. Skill in at least one form - two for
lightsaber-oriented acolytes - must be demonstrated, with the onus on the
acolyte. Secondly, acolytes must show themselves capable of acting intelligently and
effectively in the heat of combat, not just in dedicated classroom exercises.
Acolytes will as part of their trials construct a
lightsaber. The crystal will come as part of a challenge or mission given by the Sith Doctrine; the
other parts, acolytes are free to do with as they please. The acolytes will
present their plans to the the Arch Mystic prior to the weapon's construction. Once
they have learned how to make their own, and done so, they will be one step
Lightsabers will be the standard single-bladed variety only. If you want to make a different weapon, do so as a Sith.
- The Force: Physical/Living/Cosmic
Final assignment: A public lesson on one of the three topics
The Acolyte must display a connection with the Force by manifesting basic Force powers but also know the lore and history behind it. The Force not only as a tool but also in creatures and plants and how the Force can reach beyond time and space and even death.
Acolytes must speak to the Arch Mystic and at least one other lord on the applications of the Force and ways to progress. They must show competence in some chosen skills, to a level suitable for a relatively fresh Sith - that is, above the level of a mere acolyte. They will have to convince the Arch Mystic through a lesson to show their understanding and practice of the Force.
There will in addition be lessons in other subjects as Alchemy, medicine, science and law alongside the training based ones, and attending these will give extra curricular points to training grade.
- The Acolyte Trials
The Acolyte Trials are three end challenges Sith Acolyte's are given as pre-requisites for achieving the rank of 'true' Sith or Sith Adept and become eligible to become an apprentice as to rise even further in the Sith hierarchy.
The Acolyte trials are administered by the Sith Doctrine to any Sith Acolyte they deem worthy of becoming Sith.
The trials will be tailored to each acolyte, and is designed simply to test their resolve and resourcefulness. For some it may be facing off against a vastly superior foe, for others it may be a puzzle that forces them to apply the Force in ways alien to them.
Regardless of the specifics, once an acolyte has reached this level they will be told that their trials will be coming up, and to prepare themselves.
In general terms. Once you have taken it upon yourselves to perform, and impressed your superiors, then you might become Sith in your own right.
Trial of Courage (story)
In the Trial of Courage, a Sith Acolyte will face their fears, making them fearless and relentless. This is often taken mentally in the 'Cave of Fears' where the Acolyte will meditate and let the powers of the Cave flood their mind and senses giving life to their own personal fears.
Trial of Flesh (event)
In the Trial of Flesh, a Sith Acolyte will face a terrifying outcome of physical pain.
In most cases, the Trial of Flesh would involve the dismemberment of a body part such an as a forearm or leg. Although, this part of the Sith Trials would have to be dealt in lightsaber combat with a Jedi.
Trial of Spirit (1 on 1)
In the Trial of Spirit, a Sith Acolyte will face themselves in a mirror-like lightsaber duel. As a Sith Acolyte faces their true self in a duel, to make it more intense and be struggling for the Sith Acolyte. If the Sith Acolyte has a family member who's stronger in the Dark Side Of The Force and more skilled in lightsaber combat and techniques, the Arch Mystic will choose to have the mirror-like duel be more emotional for the Sith Acolyte, making them face their parents or the likes instead.
In addition, Sith Doctrine can assign substitute tests or use an exceptionally trying mission in place of the traditional tests.
The trials are OOCly made along with the acolyte as this is to be their trials as well and they are expected to partake in process and execution.