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Downtimes: June 24 - July 2nd

We've got another batch of shutdowns coming in late June and early July, so that the machines can be repaired for the newest bug, the ZombieLoad CPU bug.

In general, the Genesis games (Grendel, TEC, TEC-Test) all have reboots scheduled for the absolute middle of the night, so I'll be taking each down the previous evening at midnight and bringing them back up the next morning at 9am.

The SkotOS games have always been more robust about reboots, so we'll let them reboot on their own, though there's some chance for an ~2 hour data loss. In any case, I'll be checking them after the 2-hour window when I can, though Marrach has a middle-of-the-night reboot, so that'll be the next morning.

The UserDB and Web reboots will cause some downtime for the entire site, but again they will hopefully come up cleanly.

GENESIS:

- Shutdown Grendel (late Sunday 6/23)

- Startup Grendel (early Monday 6/24)

- Shutdown TEC (late Monday 6/24)

- Startup TEC (early Tuesday 6/25)

- Check TEC Client (9pm Tuesday 6/25)

- Shutdown TEC-Test (late Thursday 6/27)

- Startup TEC-Test (Friday 6/28)


SKOTOS:

- Marrach (Monday early morning 6/24)

- Ironclaw (Monday 10pm-midnight 6/24)

- Lovecraft, Lazarus (Monday 8pm-10pm 7/2)


MAIN SITE:

- UserDB (Monday 10pm-midnight 6/24)

- Web (Sunday 9pm-11pm 6/30)
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  • Disposal of the Hydra

    Third day of the Third Moon,
    Twentieth Year of Recent Awakenings


    In accordance with the will of Her Majesty and in upholding the duties charged to me as Senior Chronicler, I hereby submit the account of the Disposal of the Hydra.


    As announced at the Royal Court in the ninth moon of the nineteenth year, the remains of the hydra on the west battlements are to be removed for disposal. There was a call for obsidian to be delivered to the Royal Armorer, Dame Eeva, as the clean up of the hydra's remains requires tools of the rare stone, which can survive the beast's acidic remains.

    The Royal Engineer, Master Pete, is overseeing the removal and called for commoner labourers to aid with the disposal of the beastly corpse which weighs many tons. At the eighth late bell on the second day of the third moon, people gathered in the Lecture Hall where Master Pete delivered a short briefing on the history of how a dead hydra came to be on the battlements and instructions for disposal.

    The Triangle is a group of people, all considered enemies of the Crown, who study eight of the nine known magics in the world, in the hopes to know them all and get all the power they can. But Studying fae magic is beyond them; you cannot just become fae. Ubraxas is their wizard, Renart is the alchemist, Miyako is the shadow assassin, sorcery.

    Her Majesty’s Royal Alchemist, Master Orson, is working on the Philosopher's Stone. The ingredients for this work are so rare, that the Triangle has been trying to steal the parts that we have in the Castle, to make their own. One part they needed was the heart of a hydra and they summoned a fully-grown hydra onto our parapets so they could kill it. Miyako has a shadow-blade that causes permanent death. With this she hewed off all the heads of they hydra and the Triangle took its heart. Captain Galatea explained, "As Master Orson told it, to slay a hydra you must sever all of its heads simultaneously, or they grow back.” The beasts’ blood is a malodorous, acidic ichor that corrodes and melts metal. It has been packed with snow to freeze it and prevent it doing further damage.

    Special obsidian tools made by the Royal Armory were distributed and those who donated obsidian, were allowed to keep theirs. Anyone else is using them on loan and has to return them. The Lord Marshal, Sir Alrik explained, "If anyone wants a permanent tool made for them, it's a dozen pieces of obsidian sent to the armourer per tool.” The obsidian tools were hand axes, pickaxes and skinning knives.

    Before proceeding to the battlements to begin the gruesome task, Master Pete reiterated, “… if ye did not donate obsidian do not walk off wif no gear. Oi will consider anyone leavin' th' work area wif tools to be theft from th' Royal Armory."

    The hydra is a huge serpentine beast roughly the size of two full grown elephants aside. Its body is comprised of a drake-like torso, covered in iridescent blue-green scales, with four large, clawed feet and a long snake-like tail over twenty feet in length. From amidst its shoulders emerge six long slender "necks", each as thick as the waist of an average sized man. The end of each neck has been severed below where the head would be, leaving a steaming mess of burning vapours that rise from the open orifices. A long, clean cut has been made down the center of the beast's torso, exposing numerous severed ribs and a scintillating green fluid that has spilled from the beast's open chest and on to the ground before it. Heaps of snow have been piled on the corpse and packed against its wounds, covering most of its body and sealing the vapours within. Numerous cuts and openings in the mutilated form of this hydra expose the beast's skeletal structure; an array of glossy black bones as thick as a forearm. The tough scaly hide covers its body head-to-toe in glossy black scales bearing a bluish undertone sheen. The beast's internal structure is of knotted flesh and sinew, pale yellowish white in color.

    As the dismemberment proceeded, various pieces were harvested. Chunks of meat and handfuls of torn blue-black scales were dropped in a barrel for disposal by the servants and the labourers were permitted to keep strips of sleek blue-black scales, blubber and fleshy sacks of gelatinous matter. Some of that will be used for studies in Medicine and the Collegium.

    The huge job of disposal will continue for some time until the remains are all removed. Tools will be locked away and Master Pete or a member of the Royal Army can get access.

    The Royal Engineer will also present a lecture about the hydra in the Royal Collegium Assembly Room at eight late bells on Saturn, ninth day of third moon.

    Present were Sir Alrik, Dames Eeva and Galatea, Masters Edstave and Pete, Lieutenant Adahn, Serjeant Celaena, seras Alyndra, Diana, Filusae, Kona, Mallegra, Meryl and Taite, sers Halvard, Melle and Swann.


    This chronicle will be subject to changes and corrections, as I humbly ask all readers please indicate to me through 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.

    Sera Tine
    Senior Chronicler


    Tine
    Senior Chronicler
    Secretary to Lord Dolph Li'astri
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