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ZEALOTRY Users: Critical Notice on Continued Use

Edit: Our new HTML5 client (Orchil) is now open for beta testing in The Eternal City. Feel free to try give it a whirl at http://test.skotos.net/orchil/

Edit: We have made great strides toward a new HTML5 client, which should offer a replacement to Zealotry. We're hoping to release that in the very near future, but in the meantime, using Pale Moon remains the best method for ensuring there is zero interruption to your game playing during the transition.

As of November 14, Mozilla will be auto-updating all copies of Mozilla Firefox to Mozilla 57, a new edition of their browser that will disable all legacy add-ons. This will probably include the majority of the plug-ins that you use on Mozilla, including the Skotos Zealotry plug-in.

This is a big problem for us because Zealotry is the most stable of our clients at this time, and the one that we believe is in the widest use. There's unfortunately no easy way to update it, because we'd have to rewrite it from practically scratch, using their new programming system.

There are tricks that you could use to to prevent Mozilla updates, but we don't particularly suggest them, as you want to have a clean, secure browser. Fortunately, there are two alternative browsers that will support Zealotry. Each of them branched off of an earlier version of Mozilla Firefox, and each of them continues to be updated for important security issues.

Pale Moon Browser

The Pale Moon browser is our suggested replacement. It is a totally separate browser that branched off of Firefox some years ago. It will continue to support the classic plug-ins.

To install it:
  • Install Pale Moon (Windows & UNIX only)
  • Install the Zealotry XPI on Pale Moon
  • Restart the Pale Moon Browser
  • Play on Pale Moon

The official version of Pale Moon only supports Windows and UNIX, but you can also get a slightly less official version of Pale Moon for the Mac. We've tested it out and it looks like it's clean and works correctly, but use your own level of caution in working with the Mac variant.

Mozilla Firefox ESR

An alternative for all users, but especially for Mac users, is Mozilla's extended-release version of Firefox that branched at Firefox 52. It's expected to remain supported until at least June 28, 2016, by which time Mozilla is planning to jump their ESR to a post-plugin phase. This is therefore a short-term solution, but one that should work for a while longer.

To install it:
The Big Picture

Our larger-scale goal is to introduce a new client that will be usable on any browser and make our games generally more accessible. We've had a HTML5 client in process since last year, but are currently hitting roadblocks that make a deployment before November 14 problematic. We've also just started a second project, which would be more specifically focused as a Zealotry replacement, without worries about new bells or new whistles. Both of these possibilities are being done out-of-house, by Skotos players, but they're receiving our highest level of attention for whatever support they need, as this is all our top priority.

So, consider this a short-term fix, but in the meantime if you use Zealotry, please download one of the alternative browsers and test them out ASAP.
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Celebration of Appreciation

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  • Celebration of Appreciation

    To all denizens,

    I will be hosting a Celebration of Appreciation on the 26th day of this moon at 7 late bells in the Inner Bailey Pavilion. The purpose is to appreciate and glorify the denizens of Marrach who invest their time, blood, sweat and tears into making the Castle a better place and keeping everyone safe. This will be a social focused on paying special recognition to stand-out individuals who went above and beyond during the 17th year of recent Awakenings. As such, I am requesting every person who was awake last year to cast your ballots for those people you believe deserving. Please submit no more than 6 names with a brief summary indicating why you selected them.

    For example:
    Ser Laughsalot - He was ever attentive to the needs of the newly dawned, regularly held events that assisted in the Outer Bailey being active, and fought in several battles against Enemies of the Crown.

    Those persons with the highest number of votes for the best reasons will be acknowledged on this special day. This is not a popularity contest, it is an observance of substance and servitude, so please treat it as such. I will be accepting submissions until midnight on Thor's, the 23rd day of this moon. Residents of both Baileys are encouraged to participate.

    Mistress of Entertainments,
    You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise love is enough to get everything done. ~~Charlie Chaplin~~
    No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~~Proverb~~

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    *brought to the top*
    You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise love is enough to get everything done. ~~Charlie Chaplin~~
    No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~~Proverb~~

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    • #3
      *brought forward*
      You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise love is enough to get everything done. ~~Charlie Chaplin~~
      No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~~Proverb~~

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      • #4
        Tomorrow at midnight is the deadline for submitting your votes! I've only received them from five people, which is fairly discouraging, so please make it a point to fill out the questionnaires I sent to you and see them back to me so the most deserving individuals are rewarded.
        You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise love is enough to get everything done. ~~Charlie Chaplin~~
        No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~~Proverb~~

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        • #5
          You have until midnight tonight to put your names forth for consideration. Please take a few moments and do so!
          You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise love is enough to get everything done. ~~Charlie Chaplin~~
          No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~~Proverb~~

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          • #6
            I will be tallying the submissions today and sending out invitations for the event. I look forward to seeing many in attendance.
            You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise love is enough to get everything done. ~~Charlie Chaplin~~
            No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~~Proverb~~

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            • #7
              *bumped by some random page perusing the boards*
              You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise love is enough to get everything done. ~~Charlie Chaplin~~
              No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~~Proverb~~

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              • #8
                Just to clarify, this is open to all residents with Inner Bailey access. As is usual with most events held on the Courtly side of the Bridge, please leave all pouches, containers, and weapons behind in your room in the case of Royalty attending.

                Mistress of Entertainments,

                You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise love is enough to get everything done. ~~Charlie Chaplin~~
                No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~~Proverb~~

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                • #9
                  Please take the time in person whenever you feel like it to congratulate the following individuals for their honors:

                  Sera Natasha is recognized for her involvement in the Royal Army and the many other guilds she is a part of. She is constantly working to help integrate new people into the Castle and help them find their paths despite only recently having found her path herself. Her fortitude and strength along with her easy-going nature make her someone everyone can relate to and admire.

                  Dame Eeva is recognized by residents for her work in the Army and the Armoury and her ability to organize the Castle to defense in times of need. She is additionally admired for her loyalty and service to the Crown.

                  Mistress Wilena is recognized for her knowledge, wisdom, dignity, and virtue, and her willingness to educate those of any rank in the proper ways of the Keep. In addition to this, she serves and has served for some time as a loyal member of the Royal Army under Sir Alrik and is swift to respond whenever called to defend Crown and Keep.

                  Sir Donovon is recognized for loyally serving the Chambers, for giving wise counsel and protection to Her Majesty's Household, and going above and beyond in defending the honor of the Handmaidens and serving the Queen and Castle with elegance, grace, and dignity. He is also acknowledged for being one of the few waking Knights to hold Virtue lectures in an effort to educate those of both Baileys

                  Doctor Dolph is recognized for his ability to turn the Healers around and make them more active than they have been in years. He is diligent in attending to the physical and mental needs of all his patients and additionally goes out of his way to aid people in both Baileys with finding their paths or even simply themselves.

                  His Excellency, Lord Boreas, is recognized for his loyalty to Her Majesty, his efforts with the Chancery, and his diligence in ensuring that all matters of security and law are taken care of in an exemplary fashion. He covers many ranges of personnel and shows on a regular basis the broad scope of his virtues.

                  My thanks to all those who took the time to vote and aid these individuals in receiving the recognition they deserve.



                  You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise love is enough to get everything done. ~~Charlie Chaplin~~
                  No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~~Proverb~~

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