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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 awakening of the Mysterious Mask

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  • The awakening of the Mysterious Mask

    First day, Tenth Moon,
    Eighteenth Year of the Recent Awakenings,


    In accordance to the will of the Lord Chamberlain, and in upholding the duties charged to me as a Senior Chronicler, I hereby submit an account of the awakening of the Mysterious Mask.

    The arrival of a masked man in the Outer Bailey late in the afternoon hours of the first day of the Tenth Moon led to an intriguing version of the Game of Answers for those present.

    Wearing a mysterious mask, one that defied all logic and continually shifted visages representing the emotions, the man -- tall and tanned, wearing comfortable but utilarian clothing -- introduced himself to all as the Mysterious Mask.

    His awakening appeared to be triggered by the reading of a damaged red book, recovered by the orange kitten Nicholi, who is also called by the name Fireball.

    An overwhelming urge summoned awakened individuals to the Outer Bailey's refectory, where the Mysterious Mask awaited. Of his face nothing could be seen except his bright green eyes.

    Through discussion it became apparent the Mask was a sentient being bonded to the man, and that the Mask appeared to be the one controlling the body. Whether or not this Lahderic -- as named by the Mask -- was conscious or a prisoner is not known.

    The eyes behind the mask seemed to be able to bore into the souls of those whose eyes he gazed into, compelling truths from the owners' lips. It was information the Mask seemed to be after, and though he appeared to mean no apparent harm, left an uneasy and distrustful feeling in the hearts of many.

    Its questions seemed to focus on much of the same theme, which was that of names, hopes and dreams, failures and the ferreting out of lies. As he asked questions, the man allowed questions to be asked -- saying he would tell the truth. However, he then contradicted himself by noting that everyone lies, and indeed was caught in at least three lies throughout the evening.

    Of those the Mask appeared to use its powers to compel were sera Lexiana, the first of whom the Mask asked questions, and Mistress Adeline. Of those whose names were requested, most gave up without second thought, though some withheld them.

    Only one person remained entirely silent whenever asked a question, refusing to play the Mask's game.

    Sera Lexiana was granted a boon, to be redeemed when she decides upon it, and the Office of the Chronicler was granted an eventual evening of questions with the Mask and the man it rides, who is named Lehderic according to the Mask.

    Though no harm came to the nearly fifteen denizens, from both Inner and Outer Baileys, who came to inspect the unusual visitor, time will only reveal what purpose and potential boon or curse he may bring.

    This Chronicler only suggests that denizens who encounter this being be wary and reticent with information shared until its purpose is better known.

    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 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 Lord Chamberlain, the Chronicler's Office, and the Denizenry of our Gracious Queen's Realm;

    sera Euphelia Noronos
    Senior Chronicler
    Last edited by Euphelia; 10-05-2017, 03:56 PM.
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