Over the last few days there has been more than a little drama within the SAVA. Members were informed yesterday morning that Jhenephyr Phoenix Liliam had been dismissed as Magister of Ilyatha Halo, with immediate effect. House Lilitu and two of its current members appear to have left the SAVA with her, to continue on their own.
Personality clashes and differences of opinion with other members of the High Council over matters such as policy and leadership appear to be the reason for this situation coming to a head over the previous few days. Events came to a head Thursday evening, when Liliam threatened to secede the Halo from the SAVA, along with all its members. This bid has failed.
Ilyatha Halo is the name of the Mpumalanga province in the SAVA structure, a name chosen from a list presented a year ago during the formation of the SAVA. The Halo and its name remains the intellectual property of the SAVA and cannot be detached from the whole, thus while any other group may employ the name “Ilyatha”, only the SAVA structure and its affiliates will be viewed as legitimate by the SAVA.
According to policy, members and Group leaders are free to resign, or to remove their Houses from the SAVA, and to continue independently if they wish it – but this will not be as Ilyatha Halo or as any SAVA sanctioned body or entity.
House Lilitu was a founding member of the SAVA. It is believed that the two other members remaining with House Lilitu were never officially registered with the SAVA, and thus the disruption to normal functioning of the Alliance has been minimal – although several significant changes have taken place as a direct result of this incident, which will be expanded on in due course.
Ilyatha Halo Secundus, Kay Valkir, has been appointed Magister and will be continuing with the building of the halo. Liliam will be remembered for her contributions to the SAVA, and as a community organization we wish her well on her journey.