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Downtimes: June 24 - July 2nd

We've got another batch of shutdowns coming in late June and early July, so that the machines can be repaired for the newest bug, the ZombieLoad CPU bug.

In general, the Genesis games (Grendel, TEC, TEC-Test) all have reboots scheduled for the absolute middle of the night, so I'll be taking each down the previous evening at midnight and bringing them back up the next morning at 9am.

The SkotOS games have always been more robust about reboots, so we'll let them reboot on their own, though there's some chance for an ~2 hour data loss. In any case, I'll be checking them after the 2-hour window when I can, though Marrach has a middle-of-the-night reboot, so that'll be the next morning.

The UserDB and Web reboots will cause some downtime for the entire site, but again they will hopefully come up cleanly.

GENESIS:

- Shutdown Grendel (late Sunday 6/23)

- Startup Grendel (early Monday 6/24)

- Shutdown TEC (late Monday 6/24)

- Startup TEC (early Tuesday 6/25)

- Check TEC Client (9pm Tuesday 6/25)

- Shutdown TEC-Test (late Thursday 6/27)

- Startup TEC-Test (Friday 6/28)


SKOTOS:

- Marrach (Monday early morning 6/24)

- Ironclaw (Monday 10pm-midnight 6/24)

- Lovecraft, Lazarus (Monday 8pm-10pm 7/2)


MAIN SITE:

- UserDB (Monday 10pm-midnight 6/24)

- Web (Sunday 9pm-11pm 6/30)
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The Clock Tower Herald -- Issue XI

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  • The Clock Tower Herald -- Issue XI

    THE CLOCK TOWER HERALD
    Issue XI
    21st Day, 2nd Moon, 17th Year of these Recent Awakenings

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    A collection of articles and information about current castle life and events.

    Battlers Guild
    Writ by Preceptor Carla
    Join Us:

    The Battle Guild is a chartered Outer Bailey Guild, whose purpose is to train denizens in the art of the sword and in time desire to teach others, to ever increase the puissance and prowess of themselves and Her Majesty's denizens. With this training, it is our hope that they will learn not only how to use a blade, but to respect it and know when not to use a blade.

    Our primary activity is holding classes in swordsmanship. The primary focus of our sessions is training in skills and sparring. We also occasionally conduct lectures and drills surrounding blades, love for the blade, casks racing and much more.

    All denizens are welcome, regardless of level of skill or affiliation, as long as they are courteous and respectful of our rules, our teachers, and their fellow students.

    Requirements:
    • Attend Battle Guild practice sessions. Learn sword craft and display respect for martial matters. These will be posted upon the public board.
    • Read the Battle Guild Charter and learn of our organization, and our beliefs and purpose.
    • Learn to cheer thusly: "Huzzah!"
    • Speak to a Battler of your interest and to answer questions you may have. Also, send a missive to the Preceptor and he/she will get back to you.


    On Beauty
    Writ by Mistress Ezraella
    Beauty is often described as a trait that goes beyond skin deep. It is certainly true that Inner Beauty shall forever outlast superficial beauty and loveliness of ones Soul outshines the fleeting loveliness of a pretty face.

    However, while you work on your Inner Beauty do not forget that how we present ourselves on the outside is merely a reflection of what we hope is seen in our hearts.

    Allow the stylists to tend to your outer beauty needs. A hair cut, a trim, a new style or offering soaps and oils for that dry skin - these are only a few of the things the Stylists have to offer.

    By appointment or during open bells our Stylists are able to accommodate most schedules. Our Staff consists of Mistresses Ezraella and Brook, Stylists Yolanda and Khalea who may be contacted directly.

    Of Honour
    Writ by ser Melle Scheralz for Lord Bernier, provided by Lord Bernier
    Honour is a defining aspect of our society, here in Castle Marrach. In a meritocratic hierarchy such as our own, where rank, role and upward mobility is determined entirely by the favour of one's peers and those higher, the role of "Honour" as the invisible metric by which we are all judged cannot be overlooked. In more primitive and unsophisticated societies, where crimes are not codified in law but nonetheless need to be judged and punished, honour serves as the abstract concept which both condemns criminals and grants their arbitrators the right to lay down punishment. Similarly, in our Castle, for those whose behaviour is not in violation of crimes or common decency, but who nonetheless seem to give the impression of the unsavory or the uncongenial, honour is the deciding factor that places their worth as lesser and renders their station lower.

    The chivalric virtues of the Castle exist to convey to denizens both high and low what it means to act in a manner that can be deemed "honourable". Though the Knights of the Realm exist to act as paragons of these virtues, and examples to inspire others, the virtues themselves apply to everyone to one extent or another. Virtues such as courtesy, franchise and honesty are expected of each denizen in their quotidien lives. Furthermore, in our Castle we are often granted the opportunity to display courage, prowess and fortitude, virtues which bring further esteem and respect upon ourselves. This is the essence of honour. As the currency of favour, it determines how one is viewed by others and the benefits they receive as a result. As the determiner of acceptable or even noble behaviour, it defines the very nature of Marrachian Society.
    StoryPlotter Odjit points to her kohl-lined button eyes.
    StoryPlotter Odjit points to you.
    StoryPlotter Odjit draws her finger over her throat slowly.


    OOC -- Rhomulus says, " you realize... of all the people on here you're one of the few to make me look up a word?! lol"

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    Ardor Days Of Yore

    Historical Queries
    How familiar are you with the archives of the Chroniclers? Can you find the answer to this Historical Query?
    What did Apprentice Jacicus use to wake the denizens who were put to sleep by gold powder from the fairy?

    Open Positions
    The Herald wishes to provide the castle residents with a list of currently-open positions amongst the available groups and guilds. If you wish to publish an opening within your own guild or group, please send a missive to any currently-active Chronicler with a three-sentence description of the position, a short list of requirements, and whom to contact for more details.

    Clothier Student, The Clothiers
    The Clothiers are currently open to anyone interested in learning the art and craft of creating garments and outfits.

    Requirements:
    • A list of waking times and affiliations
    • A list of crimes they have committed, if any
    • A brief sentence or two explaining their interest


    Contact: Mistress Wilena

    Jewelry Student, The Jewelers
    The Jewelers are looking for two potential students who wish to learn the basics and methods of jewel-crafting.

    Requirements:
    • A resume of experience
    • Two references of persons willing to speak on their behalf
    • A list of waking times and other affiliations


    Contact: ser Jeffery



    Aspirant Chronicler, Office of the Chronicler
    The Office is always on the lookout for talented writers who have a critical eye and a nose for stories. A good way to meet many new people, as well as make a name for oneself in a relatively short time. Be a part of one of the castle's oldest institutions.

    Requirements:
    • Must be able to write fluently in Common
    • Must not have been tried for High Crimes (such as treason)


    Contact: Court Chronicler Emerick

    Call For Submissions
    If you wish to submit an article for the Herald's next publication, please send a query to Court Chronicler Emerick with a brief description of the article you wish to write. Submissions or full articles must contain the following:
    • A signature on the scroll to identify the author, even if the article is to be published anonymously.
    • A title and a short description of the article.


    The Office of the Chroniclers reserves the right to refuse any article at its own discretion and for any reason. The Clock Tower Herald aims to entertain and enlighten, favouring articles that highlight castle culture, life and habits.

    Special Thanks
    The Clock Tower Herald would like to thank the following individuals for their contributions to this moon's issue: Lord Bernier, Mistress Ezraella, Preceptor Carla, ser jeffery and sera Eloren. Those that submitted articles that have not yet appeared can expect to see them in future publications.

    For any questions, comments or queries, please directly contact Court Chronicler Emerick.



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    So says the Clock Tower bell,
    "May the Queen flourish and Her enemies diminish until my call of bells doth finish."
    StoryPlotter Odjit points to her kohl-lined button eyes.
    StoryPlotter Odjit points to you.
    StoryPlotter Odjit draws her finger over her throat slowly.


    OOC -- Rhomulus says, " you realize... of all the people on here you're one of the few to make me look up a word?! lol"

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