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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 Summoning of the Black Dame

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  • The Summoning of the Black Dame

    Sixteenth day of the Eleventh Moon,
    Eighteenth Year of Recent Awakenings


    In accordance with the will of Her Majesty and in upholding the duties charged to me as Chronicler of the Court, I hereby submit the account of the
    Summoning of the Black Dame. This Chronicle is part of the Triangle and the Black Dame series.

    When black candles appeared in varied locations of Castle Marrach more than six years ago, it heralded the arrival of unhappy and menacing spirits. Unfortunately, this tradition held true after black candles were found in various locations of Castle Marrach's Outer Bailey.

    Defenders of the Realm gathered in the Outer Bailey Gate Courtyard, where previously the Hand of Five had constructed a magical sigil, believing the black candles may indicate a resurgence of nefarious behaviour upon the part of the undead sorcerers.

    It was decided to check the room beneath the Outer Bailey's stables that resulted in tragedy; Master Emerick, Patron of the Office of the Chronicler, and Larentis, a man of Rumiss, were slain by Clockwork Creatures. The defenders fought valiantly, cutting the creatures down, though too late to save the two men.

    The party continued to the room below the stables. This room had been used for terrible deeds in ancient history, and the black magic had irreperably stained the room with foulness.

    "Inside, we found a pentagram drawn on the ground, with an obsidian sword at the foot of a skeleton that was laid out in the center," recalled ser Mitsuko, who was one of the party. "Renart, otherwise known as the man with the melted face, was standing over it pouring a vial of some black substance over the skeleton. Behind it all was a gaping fissure of what looked to be pure magical energy."

    Renart bantered with the group, at times both mocking and angry. He, or another unseen foe, used a type of magic that caused panic; Mistress Blodwen used her powers of sorcery to instill a calm upon the defenders, but the lapse in time allowed for the enemy to finish his task with the skeleton, and vanish.

    "The skeleton was swallowed up in a pool of boiling black ooze and sank out of sight," ser Mitsuko said. "The next thing we saw was a black metal hand slamming its grip on the obsidian sword, pulling itself up. That's when we fled back through the door."

    The Black Knight, also known as the Black Dame and the Ebon Dame, was soon seen for the first time in the Outer Bailey Courtyard, where she spoke about anger, rage and vengeance.

    Unlike Sir Marren, who was once the Black Knight, this knight does not seem impelled to gauge the virtues of the realm's residents; instead, she has seemed to be a pawn of the Shadowed Folk and the Triangle, stalking the wounded and attacking the defenseless.

    This chronicle will be subject to changes and corrections, as I humbly ask all readers please indicate to me though 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 Her Majesty's Realm,

    Euphelia Noronos
    Chronicler of the Court
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