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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 and Grendel's Revenge. 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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The Fantasy Ball: Music on the Bridge

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  • The Fantasy Ball: Music on the Bridge

    Eighteenth Day of the Eighth Moon,
    Eighteenth Year of Recent Awakenings

    In accordance to the will of Her Majesty, and in upholding the duties charged to me as Senior Chronicler, I hereby submit an account of
    The Fantasy Ball: Music on the Bridge.


    In preparation for the annual Fantasy Ball, hosted by the Outer Librarians Mistress Adeline and sera Calamity, there are three smaller events being held leading up to the Ball. The first of the three was held on this 18th Day and 8th moon by sera Calamity where mythical compositions were enjoyed by all.

    The musical affair began at the fourth late bell in the middle of the grand bridge. In attendance included Mistress Ezraella, Adeline, and Theresa as well as ser Malatrios and this Chronicler. Decorative powder-blue streamers were elegantly strung against the walls, creating a festive theme in the already magical landing.

    Upon arriving at the social, everyone was greeted by sera Calamity before she opened up the event with a brief introduction.

    "As you may know, the theme of the Ball is mythical creatures, and I pondered how you would go about creating 'mythical music'. To me myths are oft based on tragedy, fear, or mayhap sheer boredom and lonesomeness, so my own piece will portray that."

    However, before displaying her own musical prowess, she invited Mistress Ezraella to start the event off. And so the Mistress did. With her rosewood lap harp, she began a soft melody that would soon turn into an enchanting display of talent. Within a matter of minutes, she had all in attendance swaying and closing their eyes as if to visualize the music that flowed through their ears. As the final pluck of her strings came, she received a full applause as well as numerous compliments.

    Once the group was again settled, sera Calamity gingerly prepped her silver-maple viol and resumed the event. This composition was "Tragically Beautiful" as ser Malatrios described it. The sway of the music dipped and rose, revealing pain and loneliness with each stroke of her bow. The music continued for a little over four ticks before sera Calamity slowly brought it to an end. Just as last time, she was met with applause and compliments, but the difference between the upbeat melody of Mistress Ezraella's harp and the depressingly beautiful sounds of sera Calamity 's viol was surely heard.

    The rest of the evening concluded with light conversation about the other upcoming events.


    This chronicle will be subject to changes and corrections, as I humbly ask that the readers indicate to me through their discretion any falsehoods I may have mistakenly communicated. It is by means of the conservation of the Past that we continue to serve Her Majesty and give substance to those that follow.

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

    Yazmin Reymess
    Senior Chronicler

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