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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, 18thYRA

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  • The Fantasy Ball, 18thYRA

    Twenty-Third 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, 18thYRA.


    Costumes of all shapes and sizes were the focus at the annual Fantasy Ball hosted by the Outer Bailey Library. The Ball began on the 20th Day of the 8th Moon at the ninth late bell. Before entering the theatre, guests were given a lovely visual of art. Three, large backdrop paintings of mythical themes decorated the hall outside the theatre, each crafted by Royal Handmaiden and Patron to the Outer Library, Mistress Brook. The first revealed a painting that resembles a night sky in which small, luminous fairies fluttered about. From a distance, they could easily be mistaken as stars, but upon closer inspection, the finer details were seen. The other two backdrops included paintings of a Peryton and a Mermaid.

    Once inside the theatre, a large faux tree decorated with powder blue streamers stood in the center of the stage commanding the attention of the guests. Other decorations of powder blue and dusky-copper were neatly strung about the room. In attendance included Lord Vestio, Mistresses Ezraella and Theresa, seras Elora and Karra, Master Trisan, and sers Quinlan, Chrestian, and Malatrios.

    The theme of the evening was mythical creatures and while that theme was not followed by everyone, it was clear through their cheerful chatter and merry laughter that they all enjoyed each other, costume or not. The two hostesses of the evening wore a frightening Banshee costume (Mistress Adeline) and a glamorous Unicorn Princess costume (Sera Calamity). Together they greeted guests as they arrived while passed out gift bags that contained a book about mythical creatures, written by the both of them, as well as a charm and a figurine in the shape of a specific creature.

    In addition to those gifts, Mistress Adeline also held a gryphon shaped wooden box that contained various mythical stuffed toys that she allowed all to take from. However, the males of the evening were in for a shock when a soul shattering scream erupted from the Mistress upon them taking a toy. The scene appeared to either amuse or startle the attendees.

    Once all were fully greeted and settled, sera Calamity announced a song she would sing that evening. With her viol in hand, she started a slow melody that would soon accompany her soft, sympathetic voice.

    ~ A Song to the Siren ~

    On the floating shipless oceans
    I did all my best to smile
    'til your singing eyes and fingers
    Drew me loving to your isle

    And you sang, sail to me, sail to me, let me enfold you
    Here I am, here I am, waiting to hold you

    Did I dream you dreamed about me?
    Were you hare when I was fox
    Now my foolish boat is leaning
    Broken lovelorn on your rocks

    For you sing, touch me not, touch me not, come back tomorrow
    Oh my heart, oh my heart shies from the sorrow

    Oh, I was puzzled as the newborn child
    I was riddled at the tide
    Should I stand amid the breakers?
    Or should I lie with death my bride

    Hear me sing, swim to me, swim to me, let me enfold you
    Here I am, here I am, waiting to hold you


    As soon as she concluded the song, the attendees rewarded her with an applause and compliments which followed. She then continued to play more music as several pairs went to the stage to dance. Near the end of the Ball, Mistress Adeline asked for all in attendance to focus on her for an announcement.

    "I wished to announce this here, mostly because it will be awkward for her, but also because I believe she deserves an audience," she began with a smile to sera Calamity.

    "From this day, sera Calamity is now the new Head Librarian of Outer Bailey. She has been with me from the start and I've found her to be hard-working, generous, patient, and intelligent. It pleases me that I can pass it on to someone such as her as she has my trust completely."

    With that said, she passed on a dark-bronze pin in the shape of an open book that was inscribed 'Head Librarian'. Everyone once again applauded sera Calamity as a collection of "Congratulations!" rang through the theatre. The rest of the evening concluded with socializing and a prize of a hundred coins to the best costume which went to ser Quinlan for his amusing, ghost costume.


    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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