Welcome to the nineteenth edition of the column ‘High Command Life Stories.’ This week, we sit down with arguably one of the most loyal soldiers in Club Penguin armies.
Primarily known for her work in the Army of Club Penguin, Aurora‘s journey began in 2019. Initially joining the Pirates, she soon left to focus on the Help Force. Unfortunately, tragedy struck and Aurora was banned from Club Penguin Online and was left unable to attend events. Following this, she bounced around before settling on the Rebel Penguin Federation. She would go on to duel-enlist in their allies, both the Lime Green Army and the Army of Club Penguin. The ban-hammer struck again, and Aurora was banned from RPF so she decided to focus solely on the Clovers. Deciding enough was enough, she spent over two years and ranked up to fourth in command. Aurora then retired from armies, likely due to real-life responsibilities.
In early 2023, the Water Vikings recruited Aurora for the March Madness tournament. Unfortunately, even with Aurora’s help, the Vikings failed to qualify. After spending six months there, Aurora decided to return home to the Army of Club Penguin. She currently resides as a third in command. Aurora’s work is unparalleled, with Army Legend Mchappy saying “[Aurora] is a really good example of what a great ‘high command’ looks like.”
Club Penguin Armies sat down with Aurora to discuss the makings of a great high command, as well as talking about her personally.
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 times was when ACP won Holiday Championships in early 2020 against RPF because we were huge underdogs in that, yet we pulled it off. Another great moment was when we peaked in fall 2020 and broke our size records for the CPPS Era. At our anniversary event, we maxed 88 which was the highest at the time. We also later broke our highest AUSIA max ever at our practice battle against HF October 7th. Our most successful event that fall was our 116 max in the FOF finals that we lost against RPF. The last moment that stands out to me is when we beat RPF in 2021 March Madness.
Has this journey from being a troop in the army to a member of Higher Command changed you in any way as a person?
I feel like I’m much more open to doing things that I may not be as comfortable with since those things will help me grow as a person. I think I had a much more idealistic and naive view of things when I was a troop. I’m much less likely to trust people now as people can easily abuse your trust and you have to be careful what you say to people. I became more cynical generally because you kind of have to be to be successful in a high-up position.
What is the best part about being Higher Command?
I’d say it is being able to contribute a lot more to the army than I could before. I’m also allowed to ban people which I couldn’t do before. Basically, there’s more perks and responsibilities you get to have.
What are your plans personally with the army, and what do you wish to achieve for/in the army?
I plan to help ACP win a tournament such as CC or March Madness. I want to become a more experienced leader as I haven’t done that much leading yet. I never felt comfortable enough to step outside my comfort zone. I’m also a solid recruiter but my retention could use some work. That’s another thing I plan on focusing on.
Do you have advice for the people who are working towards getting HCOM?
I would say to lead as much as possible as a mod to better prepare yourself for HCOM. You should never give up as you’ll eventually get there if you work hard enough. For the most part, it’s best to take as much initiative as you can to become well-rounded in all areas to be successful.
The embodiment of hard work, Aurora sheds light on the personal factor of being a high command. She says she’s less likely to trust people because of her role, which is understandable. In a community filled with people ready to turn on one another, it really isn’t so wrong. On the fun side, Aurora plans to expand her leadership skills – perhaps we may see her take on the Commander-in-Chief position in the army. Talking about her recruiting she mentions that troop retention is lacking. Club Penguin Armies wishes Aurora the best of luck on the remainder of her journey and hopefully, Aurora can achieve her goals.