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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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  • Clock Tower Herald XIII


    THE CLOCK TOWER HERALD
    Issue XIII
    21st Day, 10th Moon, 17th Year of these Recent Awakenings

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




    Guild Announcements


    Winter Watch
    Writ by Dame Galatea
    Denizens of Castle Marrach,

    The Winter Watch of Castle Marrach is looking for active, trustworthy and honorable denizens of the realm to join its ranks.

    The Winter Watch is the Crown's martial law enforcement organization, tasked with upholding the law and protecting the realm from both internal and external threats.

    During times of peace, the Winter Watch is tasked with upholding and enforcing the law of Castle Marrach as per the Queen’s Capitulary. Watchfolk are tasked with patrolling the castle halls and gathering areas to ensure that the castle populace is safe and that Peace and Order are maintained throughout the keep. Watchfolk are tasked to investigate into any instances in which they believe the law has been broken. Following said investigation, in some cases, Watchfolk are then tasked with dispensing justice in accordance with the Capitulary.

    The Winter Watch also maintains a rigorous training schedule to ensure that all Watchfolk meet the standard expectations impressed upon them as soldiers charged with defending the realm. Even in times of peace, the Watch is more than just an agency of law enforcement, but a military organization, expected to protect the interests of the Realm from all external threats. Training in martial combat, military strategy, and the Marrachian legal system is exercised on a regular basis to keep Watch members in fighting shape for times of conflict.

    Parties interested in joining the Winter Watch of Castle Marrach can send an application to the Watch recruiting officer (Armswoman Vessa) or the acting Corporal of the Watch (Dame Galatea).
    Battlers Guild
    Writ by Elder 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.

    The Royal Armoury
    Writ by Royal Armorer, Mistress Wilenea

    The Armoury has redone its guidelines and now offers arms and armour for a price in coins, links still apply, and the full guidelines can be found upon the public board. Orders should be sent to Mistress Wilena and never Dame Eeva directly, who is the weaponsmith alongside Master Quilp at this time, further weapons are still to be registered.



    The Clothiers
    Writ by Acting Royal Seamstress, Mistress Wilena

    The clothiers are not taking on any further students at this time. Bells are held on every Wooden's at two late in the Outer Workroom and four late in the Inner Workroom, any changes to this schedule will be announced upon the board. Sera Natasha will be hosting her own bells on Tuis days at eight late in the Outer Workroom or Cupola.
    • Mistress Wilena (Acting Royal Seamstress)
    • Mistress Ezraella (Lead Apprentice)
    • Natasha (Sr. Student)
    • Trinity (Jr. Student)
    • Master Aratan (Favoured student)
    • Mistress Brighde (Favoured student)



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    On Beauty
    Choosing The Best Hair Color For You
    Writ by Mistress Josie
    Changing up your hair color is never as simple as selecting a swatch from a book and deciding that you definitely want it. There is always that underlying fear that you will transform into something hideous and unappealing. That's why, when you're trying to find a suitable hair color, you should take into account your skin tone and color theory. It's less about the hair color you like or want, and more about what hair color will actually complement your skin tone and make your favorite facial features pop. If you make a poor choice you could end up looking washing out, tired, unnatural, and *gasp* old!

    The biggest rule of thumb is that your natural hair color is the shade range that you should stay within. Go too far outside of it and you're likely to wind up with hair that is damaged, dull, and fake looking against your skin tone. You may think that they appear to be completely different colors at first glance, but your skin and natural hair color have all the same underlying pigments. If you were born with black or brown hair, you will likely have warmer, earthier undertones in your skin like orange, brown, gold, or orange-based red. If you were born with blonde hair, you probably have cooler skin undertones like blue, green, pink, or blue-based red.

    Those with warmer undertones in their skin will look better with warmer hair colors like golden blondes or honey browns. Conversely, those with cooler undertones in their skin will look better with cooler hair colors, like ash blonde, black, or auburn brown. Generally the makeup you are using (if you use makeup, and we highly recommend you do!) should already tell you if you are a warm or cool toned person, but if you're unsure all you have to do is look at a vein in your arm under natural light. If it appears green, then you have warm tones, and if it is blue then you have cool-toned skin.

    The color of the eyes is another indicator as to what hair shade you should go with. if you are eyes are deep brown, black, blue-grey, dark blue or hazel with white, grey, or blue flecks, you look best with cooler tones in your hair. If your eyes are golden brown, green, turquoise, or hazel with gold or brown fleck, you will look best with warm tones in your hair. Here is some general advice for different colors and skin tones that you might find useful.

    • Blonde hair color for light skin tones:
    You should opt for a golden, strawberry, or light blonde. Warming up your hair with highlights can add some color and interest to your tresses and your face, but because you are fairer skinned, you want to stay away from shades that are white, ash, and reddish.
    • Blonde hair color for medium skin tones:
    Your skin has more color than those of the fair tone, so you can logically add more color to your hair. A golden hue will look lovely, as will a beige-blonde, or even a light blonde. Just be sure to maintain some warmer tones to match the glow of your skin. Ashy or orange-based shades will make you look washed out.
    • Blonde hair color for darker skin tones:
    If you have dark skin, stick with darker blonde shades on your hair. You don't want to move too far away from your natural hair color, so if your skin tone is dark, chances are your hair is naturally dark too. Caramel or golden highlights can be a beautiful enhancement to what you might currently wear. You should avoid tones with too much white, platinum, or orange because they will look unnatural.
    • Brown hair color for light skin tones:
    Staying somewhat true to your natural color most likely means keeping your hair a medium brown shade. Warm red tones can transform you into a masterpiece, as well as lighter strawberry tones, particularly with highlights. Unless you were born with it, you should avoid overly dark hair, as fair skinned women usually don't even have enough pigment in their skin to pull it off attractively.
    • Brown hair color for medium skin tones:
    For those with sallow or yellow undertones, medium browns work best. You have more versatility with them and can go lighter or darker from a caramel shade to a rich auburn. You need to focus on keeping it neutral and not going to any warm or cool extremes.
    • Brown hair color for dark skin tones:
    For olive skin, dark colors work best and look the most natural. You can pull off deep tones of brown with darker red highlights. If you have pink undertones to your skin, try something softer like amber. As always, you should not stray too far from your natural color, and should avoid going too light as it will clash with your complexion.
    • Black hair color for light skin tones:
    For those with fair skin, dark, neutral tones that border on the dark brown side are best. You don't want to go too dark or it will wash you out and highlight the red pigments in your skin, making you look unnaturally rosy.
    • Black hair color for medium skin tones:
    You should choose a shade that is dark brown to almost black to complement the color in your skin. No matter what you need to avoid reddish-black hues because they will bring out the yellow in your complexion and make you look abnormal.
    • Black hair color for dark skin tones:
    Due to the fact that you have a darker skin tone, you can go with a super dark and bold brown or most shades of black. You want to steer clear of anything with a blue-black tone in it, as it will bring out too much of the olive undertones in your skin and may cast a greenish hue.
    • Red hair color for light skin tones:
    Fair skin looks best with a light, golden strawberry blonde to a bright copper or red. You want to avoid wine-like colors and burgundy because these shades will make you look too pale and sickly.
    • Red hair color for medium skin tones:
    Due to the increased pigmentation in your skin, your hair can accommodate more colors. You should opt for medium coppery blondes to medium auburn shades, and stay away from dark eggplant hues or overly vibrant colors as they will make your skin appear yellow.
    • Red hair color for dark skin tones:
    Darker skin tones look the best with a medium auburn to chestnut brown shade. Super red hues tend to have too much blue in them and will make you look green, so you should take care to avoid this if at all possible.

    Of course, if you don't particularly care how your hair color affects your appearance and you're just a dye fanatic for fun, then you needn't pay any attention to these guidelines or suggestions, but for those of us who often struggle with knowing what might best suit, we hope this provides some aid.


    Female Martial Attire and You
    Writ by Senior Clothier, sera Nataha

    Being a martial woman in Castle Marrach does not come without a pile of unique challenges. In order to assist the female denizens the Clothiers would like to present the following information for martial women:
    • Martial clothing should not be worn everyday. Martial attire should only be work when you are participating in a duel, sparring or on a planned excursion or encounter.
    * Women in uniform are the exception.
    • Any female outfit that includes pants should be worn with a martial dress and gown, a skirted bodice, or corseted doublet when available.
    * Examples of dresses and gowns are the split-skirt dress, bell-sleeved split-skirt gown, high-collared overgown, knee-length split-skirt overgown, calf-length split-skirt overgown.
    • The martial skirt (a skirt with pants built in) and the divided skirt may be worn everyday and also as martial attire.
    • Boots are for martial attire only. Boots are not to be worn with skirts or dresses (except for the divided skirt)
    • Blouses or shirts must be worn under bodices.
    When in doubt ask a clothier. We understand that some people prefer to wear pants in non martial situations. Work with us to find an outfit that is comfortable for you and respectful of the guidelines.

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      A Brief Study On Metals
      Writ by Royal Armorer, Mistress Wilenea

      The basic metals used are copper, brass, bronze and steel there are also several variations of these from pale, dark, black and even white to name a few. Do note that none of the metals are discoloured with the use of gemstones which would make all weapons more akin to glass and ruin their integrity completely. The process of discolouration is either through tempering, natural deposits, or through other means, none of which would cause damage to the weapons integrity.

      This will begin with copper, which is the softest of all the metals used by the Armoury. It is generally best for small arms though it is not unheard of to have a full sword made of such, though it is not advised as tis prone to bending and even breaking. After this comes brass, an alloy of copper, but one that is not as strong as bronze, however it is better than copper, thus useful for more than small arms, which brings me to bronze. This is the best material an Honoured Guest could order, tis light yet sturdier than copper, but not as sturdy as steel and may be used for sidearms or swords plus a few other weapons. A weapon of copper costs no more nor less than one of brass or bronze all three are equal in price dependent upon the weapon.

      Steel is an alloy of iron which requires the use of tempering, it should nay be any secret that tempering is the rapid cooling and heating of the metal at very precise intervals. It is due to this method that it is strong and flexible thus making this material the most desired for weapons, and why it is not offered beneath the rank of Courtier, as well as costing more than other materials listed.

      It will be noted here that iron itself is not offered through the Royal Armoury at any link, out of tradition and a show of respect. This material by itself is also very heavy, unwieldy, and not as sturdy as steel.



      Interacting with Newly Dawned
      Writ by Mistress Josie


      The newly dawned need our empathy and acceptance when they first wake. Just starting out here, they need to know that their feelings are legitimate and that expressing them is okay. Smiling, laughing, or making fun of them when they are distressed might seem more benevolent than reacting angrily or telling them to just be quiet, but the message is the same: They shouldn't be upset. They shouldn't be confused or panicked. Their feelings aren't valid or acceptable. They are learning to maneuver in a whole new life, in a whole new body, and this leaves them with a sense that there's something wrong with them. They need to be met with understanding and given assurances and answers insomuch as we are capable of giving.

      Outbursts from the get-go may appear to be unreasonable or an overreaction to this gift of life given to us. Still, we must do all we can to remain patient and let these waves of emotion pass. Feelings are just feelings, and they don't always make sense. If we make the effort to acknowledge all the crazy, difficult feelings, and also to understand them, we help these newcomers to understand them too. They feel unequivocally loved and supported in the process.

      It's rare to meet an Awakener, or any guest for that matter, that doesn't have the instinct to please others. Most of us want to do whatever it takes to make each other happy. This is a great instinct except when it leads us to faking our own happiness, stifling or indulging other people in order to avoid hearing their objections, or neglecting opportunities to provide their behaviors the boundaries they need. When our priority is to keep them smiling at all costs, we don't help ourselves or them in the long run.

      We need to model honesty. We are powerful models to the newly dawned and each other, and authenticity has to run both ways. People can read expressions easily enough and while we may be smiling and playing games, they know when we're actually annoyed, bored, angry, or too distracted to actually be present. It's a very disconcerting thing to be on the receiving end of this dual message: 'I'm here, but I'm not here'. 'I care about you, but but I'm not willing to invest my time or attention in you.' We should accept the feelings of others, both positive and negative, and allow them to learn about us. We need to be genuine and honest in our interactions with each other.

      Anyone attempting to learn anything deserves a calm, direct, and honest response along with a bit of instruction or guidance. The newly dawned in particular don't want to be an annoyance to anyone, but they have to test and question until they know for certain what we expect them to do or not do. When we avoid answering these queries or confronting their requests and instead distract them or set limits, their need for clarification and boundaries is not being met. As a result, they might continue on in this manner for much longer than is necessary. We shouldn't underestimate their, or anyone elses, ability to understand or cope with a truthful response.


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      • #4
        Call For Submissions

        If you wish to submit an article for the Herald's next publication, please send a query to any of the waking Chroniclers 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 it's own discretion and for any reason. The Clock Tower Herald aims to entertain and enlighten, favoring 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: Dame Galatea, Mistresses Wilena and Josie and seras Carla and Natasha. Those that submitted articles that have not yet appeared can expect to see them in future publications.

        For any questions or queries, please directly contact a Chronicler.

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