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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    Twenty-Eighth Day of the Fourth Moon,
    Twenty-First 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
    Megaera's Wrathful Rampage Causes Multiple Deaths and Injuries.

    In recent days the Air Prime Elemental has wreaked mayhem in the Outer Bailey. Megaera the Wrathful has appeared in several places, demanding that people kneel to her. Yeoman Drix refused, and she impaled him with her six wings tearing a hole in his torso and killing him instantly. Two days later, the Wrathful One caused icy mists to form beginning at the Watch Tower above the Theater. Ser Harabec was gravely wounded at that time and died during the night from his injuries.

    These mists have now spread and trickled down until both stairwells from the Courtyard are impassible. Entering the mists causes guests to be marked with the luminous white eyes of Megaera the Wrathful. To counter this, First Acolyte Adayne has guided guests through a Natura Balanus ritual which enables them to find their true alignment. It also removes the elemental markings and thus diminishes the power fed to the Prime Elementals.

    Warnings came this evening with repeated screeching and flashes in the sky. Megaera the Wrathful lived up to her name and rampaged through the castle in search of the First Acolyte and the bowl used in the ritual. Finding Mistress Adayne in the Courtyard, the harpy struck and killed both the First Acolyte and ser Kobe. With her dying breath, Mistress Adayne gave the bowl to Mistress Nariseth with instructions for its safe-keeping. The fae harpy also injured sera Mallegra, Mistress Rikka and sera Kaori. An honour guard rushed the bowl to the Avalon Glade in hopes of keeping it safe, but Megaera tracked it there. Sera Taite was seriously injured protecting the precious relic. Fortunately, the bowl was finally removed to a safe place.

    Sera Diana, who is the most skilled Healer in the Outer Bailey, was marked by the wrathful elemental and ordered not to heal people, but to let them die. The nurse defied the harpy and tried to treat sera Mallegra, but became unable and had to watch sera Mallegra die. This drove Diana into a catatonic state, unable to heal anyone. She has come out of it but is traumatised, and it is unknown if she will recover her healing abilities. Nerina the Serene One appeared in the Inner Bailey pool, offering to heal people. The price for healing was to join her. Mistress Heulyn delivered Her Majesty's order that no-one is to enter the pool when the Serene One is there. The Queen's Equerry relayed to Nerina that the Inner Bailey is sacrosanct. Nerina healed none of the injured.

    The Royal Necromancer has successfully revived Yeoman Drix and ser Harabec. Mistress Rikka and seras Kaori and Taite are in the Royal Hospital recovering from their injuries. The Office of the Chronicler thanks witnesses and particularly sera Yolanda, for information.

    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.

    Mistress Tine
    Chronicler of the Court
    Last edited by Tine; 04-29-2020, 01:45 PM.

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