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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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Bloom Harvesting Expedition

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  • Bloom Harvesting Expedition

    Twenty-fifth 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 Bloom Harvesting Expedition. This Chronicle is part of the Triangle and the Black Dame series.

    Animated corpses and giant rats could not keep determined residents of Castle Marrach from their goal, which was a rare underground flower that grew in the realm of Rumiss.

    Late in the evening on the twenty-fifth day of the Eleventh Moon, Duke Lucus and Duchess Oriana, the rulers of the realm below, arrived in the Outer Bailey Courtyard to escort a harvesting party and its protectors to where the rare plant grew. The Duchess explained that harvesting the plant was not easy, as it was delicate and its roots also had to be gently pulled free from the soil.

    She and the Duke escorted a party of about ten harvesters and three protectors -- masters Aratan and Nexian and ser Pete -- down below. The trip through the winding tunnels of the realm Below would be impossible to describe with any accuracy, given all the twists, turns, and candle-lit circumstances.

    The martial party went on ahead of the harvesters, putting down several undead zombies and rats of unusual size (ROUS), including some pudgy silver ones. After the way was clear, the harvesters followed, until they reached the area where the plants grew.

    There, the harvesters set to work, receiving guidance from the former leader of the Garden Society, the duchess herself. Without her guidance and instruction, the plants harvested would have likely been in ruin. Multiple species of plants were harvested from the growing patch, some for which the Duchess offered coin.

    In the end, the harvesters -- Mistress Juliana, seras Euphelia, Isadora, Elora, Kamilah, Anby, Caillean, and Taite, and ser Meoris -- returned safely to the realm above. Sera Vasilisa also came, as a guardian for the harvesters.

    Not all was peaceful while the harvesters ventured below; Carla, shadowed and a traitor in league with the criminal Conal, tried to gain entrance to the infirmary where the wounded and ill were housed. When those left to guard the unhealthy denied her entrance, she left and returned with the Ebon Dame, who shattered the door with powerful blows from her gauntleted hand.

    Carla, a man in a shadow cloak, and an unknown woman entered; the woman used a crossbow to shoot a bolt of shadow into the chest of Mistress Ezraella, who was present to help tend the sick.

    Then the Shadowed party, including the Ebon Dame, departed. Mistress Ezraella took a great wound, but was tended quickly by the healers present, and no harm seemed to come to the already-ill. Efforts were made to relocate the wounded to the Inner Bailey hospital, where it is hoped they will be safer.

    Though the Handmaiden's wounds were serious, she was tended promptly and will recover from her injury, though it will take time.

    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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