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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.

If You Have Errors

Some users are experiencing "Content Encoding Errors" when using Pale Moon and Zealotry. As best we can tell, this is due to an incompatibility between Windows 8.1, Pale Moon, and Plugins. If you have this problem (or any other), we suggest instead using Mozilla's extended-release version of Firefox, which branched at Firefox 52. It's expected to remain supported until at least June 28, 2018, by which time Mozilla is planning to jump their ESR to a post-plugin phase. This is therefore a short-term solution, but we expect to have full release of our New HTML5 client well before that.

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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A Tour of the New Inner Bailey Teaching Hospital

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  • A Tour of the New Inner Bailey Teaching Hospital

    Penned on the 6th Day, 2nd Moon Moon, 18th YRA

    To the Denizenry of Her Majesty's Castle Marrach;

    In accordance to the will of the Lord Chamberlain, and in upholding the duties charged to me as Court Chronicler, I hereby submit the chronicle of A Tour of the New Inner Bailey Teaching Hospital.


    On the evening of the 6th day of the 2nd moon of the 18th year of these Recent Awakenings, Doctor Dolph led a small tour of the new Inner Bailey hospital.

    The new hospital, found at the base of the Collegium Tower, had been completed on Sun's day, the very previous night, but plans to build it had been "in the working for years," according to Doctor Dolph. The plans, originally submitted by Doctor Diana half a year prior, went through a number of tweaks and modifications before finding approval with His Highness.

    The hospital's main hallway granted access to what Doctor Dolph called "the three most important rooms": the Examination room, where staff could see if patients needed emergency care, the Recovery room, where patients could recover in peace without the "hustle and bustle" of unwated visitors, and the Surgical Theatre, where most of the teaching of the Healers would take place, as well as teaching surgeries, autopsies and dissections.

    The tour group entered the Theatre, through the southern wall, and beheld a room designed expressly for the tutelage of Healers; benches lined one corner, able to accommodate a large number of students, while a surgery table would allow a teacher to easily provide visual displays. A raised dais stood in one corner, reserved for the sponsor of the Healers, His Highness.

    Through the doors in the northern part of the hallway, the group entered the Examination room. Unlike its Outer Bailey counterpart, this room was brightly-lit from a number of chandeliers. "It needs to be," said the Doctor when asked why it was so bright. "Emergency care will be done here, and we need to be able to see everything we're doing at a moment's notice."

    Finally, the group made its way to the Recovery room. Spacious and elegant, the room was designed to be relaxing and isolated to allow patients to recover in peace, sporting a fireplace in one corner and canopy beds with velour privacy curtains. Lieutenant Natasha volunteered to test one of the beds, deeming it to be "nice".

    When asked what the Doctor expected the future of this hospital to be, he informed the group that its primary focus would be that of instruction and teaching. He went on to say, "These multitudes of rooms allow us to hold instruction even in the event of crises. With spacious locations for emergencies, spaces for recovery, and a large hall for longer singular procedures, we will be equipped to handle everything, without being confined to a small corner in the opposite end of the Outer."

    Another important note was that this hospital did not lessen the significance of the Outer Bailey infirmary; it was simply a safe, comfortable place to learn, a place where "the pursuit of knowledge in this field" would always be able to move forward.

    This chronicle will be subject to changes and corrections, as I humbly ask that the readers indicate to me through their discretion any falsehood I may have mistakenly communicated. It is through the preservation of the Past that we continue to serve Her Majesty and give strength to those that will follow in our wake.

    In service to Her Majesty Queen Vivienne, the Lord Chamberlain, the Chronicler's Office, and the Denizenry of our Gracious Queen's Realm;


    Chronicle LXXXIII

    Chronicler of the Court
    Master Emerick
    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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