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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 Clocktower Herald - Issue VI

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  • The Clocktower Herald - Issue VI

    THE CLOCK TOWER HERALD
    Issue VI
    First Day, First Moon, Fourteenth Year of these Recent Awakenings
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    A collection of articles and information about current castle life and events.

    Our Majesty's Newest Guests
    First and foremost, let us welcome the newest awoken guests to Her Majesty's fair realm in the eleventh and twelfth moon of the thirteenth year of Recent Awakenings.
    • Adia
    • Aerielle
    • Aeros
    • Alik
    • Ardham
    • Ashmael
    • Cephaea
    • Daneivek
    • Davis
    • Galatea
    • Gaerielle
    • Gretel
    • Jerico
    • Jonnach
    • Kadmos
    • Kinch
    • Maccan
    • Maglind
    • Ranald
    • Riff
    • Rufi
    • Rosse
    • Tavish
    • Terra
    • Tsvia
    • Varyn

    Recent Promotions
    The Office of the Chronicler would like to congratulate the following on their promotions, as indicated by changes to the Chain of Being:
    • ser Benoit to Adjutant Prosecutor within the Chancery
    • ser Myrddin to Apprentice within the Healers
    • sera Katherina, sers Leodegrance and Marcellius to Junior Stewards of the Treasury
    • sera Carla to Battler and ser Bauh to Recruitment Officer of the Battle Guild
    • ser Daneivek to Junior Chronicler in the Office of the Chronicler

    On Hats and Hankies
    writ by Mistress Ezraella
    Though not overly worn, a headpiece is a fine complimentary attribute to any formal or casual outfit for men and woman alike. A well tailored hat, properly placed upon the head, is highly fashionable and proper.

    For gentleman, a tip of the hat and a well-practiced bow are most charming and courteous of any man and is sure to make the seras take notice. Do not take for granted the benefits of your hat, gentleman, for a well-polished appearance and a courtly demeanor. Order your hat today along with a personalized handkerchief! Every gentleman should have one handkerchief on his person.

    For gentlewoman, a hat is the epitome of demurity and modesty. From beribboned garland for the more youthful of women, to a capotain or caul for the most stately and elegant of women. Order your headpiece along with a personalized handkerchief! Every gentlewoman should have at least one handkerchief on her person.

    Guild of the Month
    The Unity of the Arts welcomes anyone who has an interest in all forms of art. All of our members hope that in some way we can foster the arts to prosper in Her Majesty's realm. The Unity hopes that we can also provide some entertainment to the denizens in the castle. We offer guidance to further the knowledge of those who would seek to know more of any particular art form such as Poetry, Painting, Dance, Music, and Theater. The Unity of Arts is the amalgamation of several art organizations, including the Poets' Brotherhood, the Muses, the Dance Academy and the Royal Players.

    For those with interest sera Tamora, recently appointed as Assistant Guildmistress to the Unity, can be contacted with a missive listing the name, length of awakening, and interest/talent.

    Depending on how much experience they have with their art form they can audition to Mistress Ophidias and Sera Tamora. Most denizens are inducted as Harlequins (hopefuls), as they progress onward they are elevated to other positions such as Mummers, Masques, and Thespians. Some of these positions are listed on the Great Chain.

    The Unity is sponsored by Her Majesty's Chatelaine, Lady Amoret, and is patronized by Sir Bragi (poetry) and sera Heulyn (dance and music). It is led by the Mistress of Entertainment, Mistress Ophidias, but the Outer Bailey contact is sera Tamora.

    Members include Thespian Ezraella, Masques Dolph and Juliee, Mummers Kaylana, Harriet, Ambra and Gabriela, and Harlequins Lakish, Aline, Vaden, Auriela, Kaori and Breyan.

    Each member has different specialties of studies and interest in the Arts. Some past events that were held by the Unity are the Winter Ball, Ardor Week, Snowflake Serenade Ball, Women's Eve of Beauty, Gentlemen's Eve. This year, the Unity partnered with the Garden Society to bring forth the Ghost Ball for everyone to enjoy. It also holds socials on occasion of various themes to entertain the denizens.

    Nudity and its place
    writ by Lady Sinvy
    Since the beginning of human existence there has been nudity. The natural state of being is indeed, nude. The body is not born with garb, but garbed out of necessity; be it to keep warm, for protection, for ceremonial purposes or simply for fashion. In many cases, clothing becomes a societal norm to depict status and personal style. A manner in which we can express ourselves or which defines our role in this life and serves in practicality; such as preventing frost bite.

    Nudity within our lives is often disregarded and labeled unnatural, scandalous and obscene. There are several reasons for this; people are uncomfortable with their physical body, jealous of others', have somehow been led to believe that it is naughty to look at the nude form, think about it, think about others, and they immediately associate nudity to acts of sexual intimacy and the majority associate - or seem to associate - the act of sexual intimacy to issues that lead to guilt and discomfort. The laying out of the human psyche surrounding nudity and guilt is interesting on a philosophical level, but it has no place in this article.

    In an evolved culture, nudity has an exalted place amidst religious and artistic circles. The nude form has graced the walls of Monarchs, tombs of God-Kings, caves of simple men, parchment and tapestry alike. It has prayed before Gods, danced to banish evil, held messiahs in swaddling clothes and been sacrificed for the hope of prosperity.

    The nude form, both male and female are not scandalous, naughty, obscene, unnatural or immoral to behold, revere, talk of, write of, or depict.

    There is an exception; a societal exception. The Courtesy in the handling of nudity.

    As with all topics that tend to draw controversial opinions for public discussion; blood and injuries, sexual forays, gossip of others, it is important that it be done decorously, professionally and sometimes discreetly. This is not to preserve their virtue, their modesty or anything else, this is simply because the topic is not vulgar and should not be treated in a disrespectful manner. In order for an Artist to become truly skilled at painting the figures of the human body, they - like medical personnel - must study the human body in its natural state; nude. You must comprehend how the body works, how the body flows, how bodies are different and how they are the same.

    There is no shame in posing nude for the Arts, like there is no shame in taking a bath or changing clothes. There are social expectations, as well as personal expectations. Legally, you should not be nude in public. Does that prevent one from utilizing a public background in a painting? Not at all. One should not fornicate in the baths. Does this mean that every single person who has ever bathed with another individual is fornicating when in the baths? No, of course not. A modicum of Common Sense is required when handling the issue of nudity. Nudity is in some ways a very personal aspect of an individual. They should not be ridiculed if they do not wish to share their form. Likewise, an individual who behaves properly, but wishes to freely display their body for the Arts should not be ridiculed or scandalized either. If a painting is in poor taste - i.e.; raunchy - by societal and artistic standards, then that painting should remain discreet.

    A true connoisseur of the Arts knows this and holds a deep appreciation for the nude form and the artistry in which one displays it. There is a time and place for nudity and if it has no other place in the world, than it should hold a place in the Arts. They claim that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, that it is only skin deep, and many other cliche remarks of that nature, but the beauty of the nude form in Art lies within the curve of a brushstroke, the gentle palette of colors, the harsh lines of shadows and the imperfections of the model, not within the fact they are themselves nude. Nudity is merely an inspiration.

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    Upcoming Events
    Do you have your calendar ready? Mark the dates for these upcoming events:

    Notice of Open Meetings: Office of the Chancery
    The Office of the Chancery shall open its office on the seventh and twenty-first days of this, the first moon, at nine late bells. The office can be found south of the dining hall, through the narrow door. Anyone with interest in the Office of the Chancery or with matters to discuss with the Chancery are invited to attend. (This does not include the Inquisition).

    Notice of Open Meetings: Office of the Chronicler
    The Office of the Chronicler invites all interested individuals and people with a passion for information and news to attend its open bells, held each Frey's Day at eight late bells. The office is located in the bell tower, on the third level.

    Open Martial Practice with the Battle Guild
    The Battle Guild invites all law-abiding denizens with an interest in the blade to come and participate in its open practices, held in the Outer Bailey Practice Hall. Check the bulletin board and calendar for times. Anyone with interest in the Battle Guild are recommended to attend.

    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.

    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

    Contact: Senior Chronicler Euphelia

    Battler, Battle Guild
    The Battle Guild welcomes any law-abiding member of Her Majesty's kingdom to come and learn the blade during its weekly practices.

    Requirements:
    A willingness to learn and abide the law.

    Contact: Dame Catharsis, ser Bauh
    Historical Queries
    Here are this publication's queries:
    1. Which chronicler has been both blind and mute during his or her time in the Keep?
    2. What are the names of the emissaries who came to retrieve the Disk of the Longest Day?
    3. At which Royal Court was Sergeant Takara (Umichan) created a Knight of the Royal Guard?

    Call For Submissions
    If you wish to submit an article for the Herald's next publication, please send a query to Senior Chronicler with a brief description of the article you wish to write. Please include information such as its intent and target audience. Please note that the Office of the Chronicler reserves the right to refuse an article at its own discretion. Articles should be kept free of grammatical errors and be written in a clear, concise manner.

    Special Thanks
    The Office of the Chronicler would like to recognize the following individuals for their contributions, dedication and support: Lady Sinvy, Dame Catharsis, Mistresses Ezraella and Ophidias, sers Aratan and Bauh.

    For any questions, comments or queries, please directly contact Senior Chronicler Euphelia.

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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."

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