The Great Skotos Split Is Here [UPDATED]

The long-planned Skotos split is here. We are going to be separating Skotos into the four games that we're passing off to individual players (Marrach, TEC, the game formerly known as Ironclaw Online, the game formerly known as Lazarus Sleeping), and in the near future the core Skotos site will shutdown.

Here's how it will work:
* On Monday, we will turn off the ability to make any purchases through the main site. This will be the end of credit card purchases for Skotos games.
* We will run final automated credit card purchases on Tuesday morning. This is typical, in that our regular subscriptions are always set to run on the 1st through the 28th.
* On Wednesday, we will begin converting the games over to the new auth server that I've been working on for the last month and a half. All data will be converted over from the moment I grab the database. This means that all of your account information, including all payments (but not including any credit card information or Paypal information) will be duped to all the games: you'll be able to play any of them for the time you'd previously paid at the main Skotos site.
* We'll then start integrating the individual sites for each game with the new stand-alone setup.
* And likely I'll be resolving bugs in the auth server that only turn up through extensive usage.
* Meanwhile, we'll start handing off games to the individuals who will be running it in the future. I'm at this point over the time I'd initially committed to Skotos by a bit more than three weeks, but I'm expecting I'll need to offer support a little into May to make sure everyone is running well and that I've helped Christopher, Skotos, and the game leads deal with any intricacies of the hand-off.
* We'll request that all games remove all information from users who didn't stick with their game within a year.

I hope this will go as smoothly as possible. There will surely be bumps in the road. In particular, expect some random downtimes on Wednesday, when I convert over the games to the new servers, and expect the potential for problems on *next* Thursday, when I see how things work in the new setup.

A Few Updates as of 5/3:

1.) Castle Marrach, TEC, and Allegory of Empires are now split out from the main Skotos UserDB, which is the first (and biggest) step in separating these games. Multiversal Revelations will follow on Monday.

2.) Each site has a new login page of the form login.itsdomainname. This is the proper place to login to that game, and where you should access all UserDB functionality. Anything you do on the main Skotos users pages will no longer be reflected. Yes, that means you should be using the new pages to update your accounts, purchase months of play, and purchase subscriptions. Credit card payments are no longer possible, but Paypal is.

3.) Skotos is still running the games as of this moment, but they'll be transferred to the individual teams by this time next month.

4.) We've had some problems with credit cards continuing to run on the older UserDB system. We've refunded any bills that went through on the main system following the split, and apologize for the inconvenience. The plan is to turn the old UserDB off tomorrow, so that will absolutely stop the bills at this point. If you were accidentally billed, do note both that the amount was refunded the same day AND it isn't reflected on the new systems. [And as of Monday morning, those old charges seem to have been halted entirely.]

5.) We've discovered that about 20 accounts have credits of various amounts of them. This is a concept that is no longer supported in any meaningful way on the new UserDB, so we'll convert those credits to days of play at the most generous ratio.
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Black Dame Threatens Another Who Bears the Mark

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    Ninth 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 Black Dame Threatens Another Who Bears the Mark.

    The Black Dame has appeared before another of Her Majesty’s guests who bears the mark of the Hand of Five. At approximately one early bell today, the Royal Engineer, Master Pete, was supervising the disposal of the hydra on the ramparts of the Outer Bailey when a momentary spike of anger gripped those present. Emotions ran high for a brief interlude and fearing this was a portent of the appearance of Dame Keterin, Master Pete armed himself and and sera Vasilisa courageously stepped forth to protect him.

    Master Pete explained that the Dame brings out anger in people because she was slain by the Cats and Rats using poison decades ago and she is filled with fury and vengeance. He went on to say that he has been marked by a wraith and predicted that the Dame might attempt to kill him to get rid of the mark, as happened to Lady Charmiam just three days ago.

    The anticipated arrival came soon enough when there was a flash of dark blue light and a glowing rune appeared on the ground, from which black mist rose, swirling and twisting itself into the form of a black armoured knight. Dame Keterin, also called the Black Knight, appeared with her eyes aglow with an otherworldly yellow light, betraying slitted black pupils at their core. Black filled veins were visible beneath the surface of her skin around her neck and eyes. She was completely encased in obsidian armour except for her head which did not bear a helm. As the Dame rose from the rune, she settled her gaze on Master Pete and his marked right shoulder. Surprisingly, the Dame did not draw her sword and attack Master Pete but rather entered into a parley with him about her murder along with Waldis and Perrin.

    Agreeing that Master Pete had nothing to do with her murder, she remarked, ”No, you did not. However … so long as you bear that mark, the Hand will sustain its dark magics, using energy drawn from your very soul.” When Master Pete observed that the Dame’s own masters [the Triangle] had sent her to clean up [his mark] she stated, "Yes, I have come to relieve you of that burden, and prevent the Hand from becoming stronger. Do you accept my judgment?”

    The Royal Engineer objected that he did not accept the Dame’s judgement and told her that she is no judge nor jury in Marrach; that she serves an evil as vile, or worse, than the Hand of Five. Dame Keterin then stated that there are no worthy masters for a Knight to follow in this world, that one can but choose a lesser evil. Ranger Pete argued that Dame Keterin could repent and serve the Balance and the good Queen of Marrach, Queen Vivienne. He suggested that her murder and the spells the Triangle has cast on her, had confused the Dame and he reminded her that the Queen would not have made her a Dame if there was not good in her heart and soul, good which is still there. Saying that he had now laid the curse of conscience on her, Master Pete said she could no longer lie to her self and that she must "Do good. Or be damned.”

    Dame Keterin responded, "We will see if you still feel the same, once all of this ends. I will ask you, and I will hear your answer, before the end. For that reason alone, I will let you live.” With another flash of dark blue light the Dame disappeared.

    Sera Taite witnessed the exchange and said about the Dame that "She didn't die here. For the longest time, she was dead, and then Renart raised her to fill the role of the evil dame that wore cursed armor. This armor is what keeps her from being the good dame. Basically, Renart acted like the necromancer, and made her who the triangle needed her to be.”

    Master Pete summarised that the Dame “aint'st truly livin'. An' she aint'st truly dead. Sorta.. undead. Unlivin'. Cursed to be neither, rilly.” He also commented that now she had removed her helm, part of the cursed armor, she was beginning to think for herself.

    Present when the Dame appeared were Master Pete, seras Vasilisa and Taite and this chornicler.

    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

    Mistress Tine
    Royal Chronicler of the Court
    Squire to Sir Edstave
    Junior Equerry to Lord Dolph Li'astri