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The Great Skotos Split Is Here [UPDATED]

The long-planned Skotos split is here. We are going to be separating Skotos into the four games that we're passing off to individual players (Marrach, TEC, the game formerly known as Ironclaw Online, the game formerly known as Lazarus Sleeping), and in the near future the core Skotos site will shutdown.

Here's how it will work:
* On Monday, we will turn off the ability to make any purchases through the main site. This will be the end of credit card purchases for Skotos games.
* We will run final automated credit card purchases on Tuesday morning. This is typical, in that our regular subscriptions are always set to run on the 1st through the 28th.
* On Wednesday, we will begin converting the games over to the new auth server that I've been working on for the last month and a half. All data will be converted over from the moment I grab the database. This means that all of your account information, including all payments (but not including any credit card information or Paypal information) will be duped to all the games: you'll be able to play any of them for the time you'd previously paid at the main Skotos site.
* We'll then start integrating the individual sites for each game with the new stand-alone setup.
* And likely I'll be resolving bugs in the auth server that only turn up through extensive usage.
* Meanwhile, we'll start handing off games to the individuals who will be running it in the future. I'm at this point over the time I'd initially committed to Skotos by a bit more than three weeks, but I'm expecting I'll need to offer support a little into May to make sure everyone is running well and that I've helped Christopher, Skotos, and the game leads deal with any intricacies of the hand-off.
* We'll request that all games remove all information from users who didn't stick with their game within a year.

I hope this will go as smoothly as possible. There will surely be bumps in the road. In particular, expect some random downtimes on Wednesday, when I convert over the games to the new servers, and expect the potential for problems on *next* Thursday, when I see how things work in the new setup.

A Few Updates as of 5/3:

1.) Castle Marrach, TEC, and Allegory of Empires are now split out from the main Skotos UserDB, which is the first (and biggest) step in separating these games. Multiversal Revelations will follow on Monday.

2.) Each site has a new login page of the form login.itsdomainname. This is the proper place to login to that game, and where you should access all UserDB functionality. Anything you do on the main Skotos users pages will no longer be reflected. Yes, that means you should be using the new pages to update your accounts, purchase months of play, and purchase subscriptions. Credit card payments are no longer possible, but Paypal is.

3.) Skotos is still running the games as of this moment, but they'll be transferred to the individual teams by this time next month.

4.) We've had some problems with credit cards continuing to run on the older UserDB system. We've refunded any bills that went through on the main system following the split, and apologize for the inconvenience. The plan is to turn the old UserDB off tomorrow, so that will absolutely stop the bills at this point. If you were accidentally billed, do note both that the amount was refunded the same day AND it isn't reflected on the new systems. [And as of Monday morning, those old charges seem to have been halted entirely.]

5.) We've discovered that about 20 accounts have credits of various amounts of them. This is a concept that is no longer supported in any meaningful way on the new UserDB, so we'll convert those credits to days of play at the most generous ratio.
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What Was Worn To Royal Court - 7th Day, 4th Moon, 20th Year of Recent Awakenings

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    What Was Worn To Royal Court - 7th Day, 4th Moon, 20th Year of Recent Awakenings

    For those who are interested to see what was worn by those who did attend, and now in alphabetical order with those who were promoted during the Royal Court filtered into their new rank. Congratulations to those.

    [OOC - A long list and drawings of clothing]

    If you would like to update your section with a custom piece that I may have missed, please do send forth a scroll and I shall see to it. This includes custom jewellery as well.

    I shall be writing an additional piece to go along with this over the next day to highlight some of the quite excellent attire on show this year.

    With Regards,

    Master Anton Blake
    "In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia."

    "Although many of us consider ourselves forward-thinkers, we still cling tenaciously to the old values of the system."

    "Between two groups of people who want to make inconsistent kinds of worlds, I see no remedy but force"

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    *posted alongside*

    A Detailed Look at What Was Worn:

    Writer's note - If you would like a copy of this in a pamphlet, or the previous commentary, please do get in touch and one can be provided.

    Her Majesty, Queen Vivienne's gown continued to display Her Majesty's tastes and preference for trumpet sleeved gowns. Featuring a beautiful split at the mid-bicep, the refined fabric tumbled with such grace to Her Majesty's sides - before being finished off with a superb metal-hued embroidery. The neckline, also, featured the same embroidery with the excellent addition of small pearls to finish off the neckline's hem. Something we have not seen before in the Castle's fashion history and, therefore, certainly a trend for others to pick up upon. Being a formal stately event, there was no train upon the gown.

    Commander Eeva was wearing an adapted form of uniform, with a strong formal twist to it with the all-white look. The off-the-shoulder cape was an excellent twist on the sword cape, and the silver-plated double-wrapped belt replacing a leather belt was excellent. We saw the same from Lady Charmiam replacing a fabric girdle for a metal one. The First Acolyte Mistress Adayne was in a silvery-gold gown, with a split v-necked front, that matched the white-gold jewellery. A perfect unison between jewellery and clothing. Metallic Lace was also a very popular detail this year from a number of guests favouring it over the more thin silk-based laces like Gossamer or Tulle. The Handmaidens and Lady Sinvy appeared as an advertisement of the newly released Clothier dyes and fabrics, the sleeves of their gowns also paying a beautiful homage to Her Majesty with the pearl sleeves. This author, Anton donned the buckled lambskin shoes along with a richly embroidered doublet which detailed a dazzling array of tiny snowflakes across the front and back of the doublet with the sleeves kept bare for a striking difference and emphasis the patterns.

    Tunics were also very popular this year with a number of men wearing theirs to court, presented in a well structured and formal way. An overcoat, vest or other thicker fabric layer over the top of these were very fashionable. We also saw, for women of the Court, the continued popularity and homage to Her Majesty's preference - and therefore the Courtly fashion - for trumpet-sleeved gowns with Mistresses Blodwen and Josie both wearing one. Otherwise were were several kirtles own, all with overgowns as well to ensure they were properly one. There was one unique choice of a sleeveless gown, with a chemise and no segmented sleeves, which did stand out.
    Last edited by Anton; 04-11-2019, 12:08 AM.
    "In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia."

    "Although many of us consider ourselves forward-thinkers, we still cling tenaciously to the old values of the system."

    "Between two groups of people who want to make inconsistent kinds of worlds, I see no remedy but force"

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