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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Explosion on Bridge: Two Dead

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  • Explosion on Bridge: Two Dead

    Third day of the Eighth 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 Explosion on Bridge: Two Dead.

    This evening there was a rumble felt throughout the castle as an explosion went off on the bridge. Concerned residents gathered to find a distressing scene of one dead resident and another bleeding profusely.

    There was only one witness to the event who has asked for her identity to be protected. The witness was on the bridge with Master Anton and sera Caillean when a woman wearing a sable cloak arrived and began arguing with Master Anton and sera Caillean. The witness was about to blow her duckcall when she was warned against it by the cloaked woman. As the witness was about to leave the center of the bridge, the cloaked woman produced a violet vial and tossed to Master Anton, saying "Catch." As the master caught the vial, it exploded and instantly killed him and grievously wounded sera Caillean. The murderer then ran from the scene shouting to those she passed to get a healer.

    The Royal Chief of Medicine, Lord Dolph, arrived on the bridge shortly after and Lith came to remove Master Anton's charred corpse. As Lord Dolph was treating sera Caillean's wounds, she too passed away and was collected by Lith. His lordship stated," There was little I could do. Even had I arrived right after the blast, the damage had to have been too extensive to kill him instantly, and her moments later." He added about sera Caillean, "She went into shock and perished from her wounds, likely a combination of the concussive blast and extensive burns."

    The witness reported that the cloaked woman was of average height and had a glowing pebble hanging from her belt. She could give no more details about her appearance. Sorcerer Kaori examined the soot and the floor and said the residue was likely alchemical. Sorcerer Radulescu presumed the tiny vial that exploded was magical.

    It is unknown at this stage, if any structural damage was caused to the bridge.

    This chronicle will be subject to changes and corrections. I humbly ask all readers to please indicate to me discreetly, 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
    Last edited by Tine; 08-03-2019, 03:27 PM.

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