Welcome to the thirteenth edition of the column known as High Command Life Stories. This week we will be getting in touch with a person who has impeccable taste in music and video games, Saber.
On April 5, 2020, Saber joined the army community, shy of a month of the global shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. His first army was the Dark Warriors where he was able to climb up the ranks to eventually join their Higher Command team. Club Penguin Online would shutdown in May of the same year, forcing its army community to move to Club Penguin Rewritten. This move proved to be somewhat difficult for the Warriors to properly find their footing.
Therefore, after the end of the pandemic summer, Saber went on to join the Ice Warriors. Here, he was able to hone his leading skills as a Trusted Staff member, even being trusted to voice chat lead for the Black Ice Alliance. However, soon enough, Saber would take a break from armies for the next two years, commonly coming back to help smaller armies such as the Island Invaders and People’s Imperial Confederation. Finally, in January 2023, he joined Special Weapons and Tactics and found himself in a Higher Commander position after a promotion to Third in Command in March.
Club Penguin Armies reached out to Saber to discuss more about his Higher Command journey.
What have been some of the memorable days/times in your army career so far, if you don’t mind sharing?
One of my favorite memories is whenever I was in Dark Warriors’ voice chat and Legoman joined. I actually played Club Penguin with him [one] night, and I essentially got him into armies in 2020. Now he leads the army that I’m in. Not very happy about it.
Has this journey from being a troop in the army to a member of Higher Command changed you in any way as a person?
Oh, absolutely! I can tell that I’ve definitely matured during my three years of armies, and I feel like being a part of an army has helped me become more of an independent person and a leader as I definitely have improved my confidence! I’ve definitely developed my own voice and I’m very opinionated on what I feel is best for the army I’m in, which I’m so thankful to have gained these skills which has benefitted me in real life also.
What is the best part about being Higher Command?
I feel like the best part of being Higher Command is getting the full experience of what it’s like to run an army and to be a part of the community. I was a very shy staff member, in all three armies I was in, which I believe is understandable. Being HCOM, I’ve led events myself and I’ve definitely gotten to know everyone in the community better, which I’m so thankful for, and I’ve gained new insights and aspirations for my future within armies!
What are your plans personally with the army, and what do you wish to achieve for/in the army?
Within Special Weapons [SWAT], I definitely would like to see new faces and to make new friends in there. Sure, many people see people within armies as a benefit to size, but it’s also really fun getting to know new people! I wish to achieve a true sense of community within the army, for everyone to feel included and welcomed, as that’s what I aimed to do in 2020. And that’s what I aim to do three years later also!
What would your advice be to the people who are working towards getting HCOM?
My advice is that it’s alright to take breaks and to put yourself first. Armies are a very stressful community sometimes, and it doesn’t help to push yourself if you’re in a weak mental state. It’s not easy to get HCOM sometimes, but you’ll get there when the times right. It does take a lot of work, and it does take a lot of determination, but you will achieve it if you take care of yourself, have achievable goals for the army and show that you deserve it! (Because you definitely do.)
Saber has certainly made an impact on the armies he’s a part of by fostering a healthy, welcoming community. Recently, the Special Weapons were knocked out during the Quarter Finals of Legends Cup XIII. With no trophy to write home about, what will Saber focus on next?