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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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  • First crit kill I've ever had....

    Success: 95, Roll: 99] Stepping slightly to the side, you bring your
    quarterstave down in a forward spin and unleash several rapid strikes aimed at
    a gladiator! Critical Hit!You hear a sickening CRAAAACK as the blow snaps a
    gladiator's neck! He suffers a bruise to his face.A gladiator clutches at his
    chest, finding it hard to breathe after your quarterstave connects cleanly!
    You are no longer busy.
    TRproclaim power!

    Originally posted by Armataan
    Did I just get told Synodia was a better RPed character than Culexus?
    Originally posted by Bucaria
    The player of Synodia should be made a GM, he seems to have no favorites and hates everyone equally.

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    • [Success: 5, Roll: 96] You slide both hands together near the head of your two-handed bronze axe, then snap the haft towards a gladiator! Critical Hit! a gladiator's eyes go blank after a vicious hit on the side of her head.
      A gladiator falls unconscious.

      One of my favorite crits

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      • [Success: 5, Roll: 99] Stabbing a vicious-looking man suddenly with your boison gladius, you draw your arm back halfway and cut across with a follow-up slash! Critical Hit! A solid strike embeds the tip of boison gladius in a vicious-looking man's chest! It exits with the sickening sound of sundered flesh. The boison gladius cuts a red arc through a vicious-looking man's chest, leaving a lingering trail of blood in the air!


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        • [Success: 5, Roll: 93] Flicking your wrist and forearm, you quickly snap your scale whip at a gladiator! Critical Hit! The attack cuts deep into the ankle, severing bones and flesh!
          Slyteavisius says to Canadadry, "Did someone beat you while explaining how the Beatles were too emo for them or something?"

          Rupert1 cheats, "Jeans are too loud. Nothing says stealth like light white cotton and sunflowers."

          Originally Posted by urek23
          Rules only apply to specific people, something everyone that plays will learn very shortly after they start.

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          • [Success: 5, Roll: 99] You strike at a gladiator with your palm, then bring up the elbow of that same arm, hitting her twice! Critical Hit! The left arm drives into a gladiator's nose, forcing it up into her brain! a gladiator is dazed after your right hand catches her chin.

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            • [Success: 5, Roll: 95] Extending your boison gladius in one arm, you steadily step sideways towards a gladiator, unleashing several rapid jabs in quick succession! Critical Hit! Blood trickles down a gladiator's arm after he takes a hit on the shoulder. A painful wound is opened up on the side of a gladiator's neck, dangerously close to the jugular. A gladiator's head is jolted by the sudden thrust! The pain from a gladiator's bloodied neck forces him into a defensive posture

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              • A gladiator is stunned!
                [Success: 95, Roll: 91] With quarterstave held at the horizontal, you step
                forward and pivot slightly, releasing a powerful sideways strike at a
                gladiator! Critical Hit!Devastating strike to a gladiator's right thigh! Bone
                sticks through the flesh, and blood is spraying!
                You are no longer busy.

                Blood gushes from a gladiator's right thigh He is bleeding badly!
                TRproclaim power!

                Originally posted by Armataan
                Did I just get told Synodia was a better RPed character than Culexus?
                Originally posted by Bucaria
                The player of Synodia should be made a GM, he seems to have no favorites and hates everyone equally.

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                • Originally posted by mikeand View Post
                  A gladiator is stunned!
                  [Success: 95, Roll: 91] With quarterstave held at the horizontal, you step
                  forward and pivot slightly, releasing a powerful sideways strike at a
                  gladiator! Critical Hit!Devastating strike to a gladiator's right thigh! Bone
                  sticks through the flesh, and blood is spraying!
                  You are no longer busy.

                  Blood gushes from a gladiator's right thigh He is bleeding badly!
                  Cool roll there

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                  • [Success: 5, Roll: 96] Stabbing a rough-edged seafarer suddenly with your boison gladius, you draw your arm back halfway and cut across with a follow-up slash! Critical Hit! The thrust to a young clean-shaven sailor's forehead is brushed aside, but leaves behind a painful gash. Savage blow to a rough-edged seafarer's head!

                    A battered bronze trident, the corpse of a dark-skinned sailor, and the corpse of a rough-edged seafarer are scattered about ahead of you.

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                    • You arrive at a grassland. You are facing south. You see a grassland to the
                      north, to the northeast, to the east, to the southeast, to the south, and to
                      the southwest; and a flagstone colonnade down a steep decline to the west and
                      to the northwest.
                      You will be busy for one more second.
                      You are in the middle of something.
                      You can't climb while you have something in your hands.
                      You can't climb while you have something in your hands.
                      You walk to a grassland, to the south.

                      You arrive at a grassland. You are facing south. You see a grassland to the
                      north, to the northeast, to the east, to the southeast, to the south, to the
                      southwest, and to the west; and a flagstone colonnade down a steep decline to
                      the northwest.
                      You are holding a tarnished bronze dagger in your right hand and nothing in
                      your left hand.
                      You are wielding a tarnished bronze dagger in your right hand.
                      Where do you want to put that?
                      You stop wielding a tarnished bronze dagger.
                      You put a tarnished bronze dagger in a large crimson sack.

                      You arrive at a flagstone colonnade. You are facing south. You see a flagstone
                      colonnade to the north and to the west; and a grassland up a steep incline to
                      the northeast, to the east, to the southeast, to the south, and to the
                      southwest.
                      [Success: 95, Roll: 15] You begin to climb but manage to slip and fall! He
                      suffers a fracture to his neck.
                      You slip into unconsciousness.
                      =[Short Stats for Vintreyu]================================================== =
                      Health Points: -33/130 Fatigue: 0% State: unconscious

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                      • fdress rab
                        [Success: 1, Roll: 1] You begin field dressing the corpse of a rabbit, but butcher it completely, ruining the whole thing.


                        My first attempt at field dressing an animal corpse. Critical fail.
                        [Success: 95, Roll: 5] Pharse swings a cestus-covered fist sideways, lashing out at you with the blades of his weapon, but misses. You use the broad head of your short whip to knock aside the attack with a brute-force swat.

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                        • Attendants drag the wounded body of the gladiator off of the arena floor to be
                          tended to.
                          [Success: 5, Roll: 93] You snap out your arm and let your wrist go limp at the
                          last minute, sending your tin gladius lashing out at a gladiator at high
                          speed! Critical Hit!Your tin gladius punctures a gladiator's skull,
                          showering the combatants in bloody brain tissue.

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                          • Attendants drag the wounded body of the gladiator off of the arena floor to be
                            tended to.
                            [Success: 5, Roll: 86] You snap out your arm and let your wrist go limp at the
                            last minute, sending your tin gladius lashing out at a gladiator at high speed!
                            Critical Hit!Ruggedly, tin gladius digs into the side of a gladiator,
                            severing several organs along the way.

                            Attendants drag the wounded body of the gladiator off of the arena floor to be
                            tended to.
                            [Success: 5, Roll: 99] Tilting your Iridine wall shield on a vertical axis, you
                            make a sudden stab at a gladiator with your tin gladius! Critical Hit!An
                            explosive drive from your tin gladius pushes through a gladiator's chest and
                            opens a gladiator's heart.

                            Been a busy day.

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                            • A shower of blood sprays out from a gladiator's general area.
                              [Success: 5, Roll: 70] You lift the tip your two-handed bronze axe and turn, making a swift downwards diagonal chop at a gladiator! Critical Hit!The two-handed bronze axe cuts the veins on a gladiator's inner arm, resulting in a scarlet spray!

                              [Success: 5, Roll: 96] You lift the tip your two-handed bronze axe and turn, making a swift downwards diagonal chop at a gladiator! Critical Hit!a gladiator steps back, bent forward, after suffering a painful cut to the chest!
                              A gladiator falls unconscious.

                              a couple I don't think I've seen before

                              edit:and another

                              [Success: 5, Roll: 90] You lift the tip your two-handed bronze axe and turn, making a swift downwards diagonal chop at a gladiator! Critical Hit!The attack tears open a gladiator's shoulder, revealing raw muscle and bone!

                              A gladiator's right shoulder bleeds freely.

                              You see a small a man with the physique of an ox. He has sun-baked brown skin and alert green eyes. His thinning hair is long and braided with tiny charms and feathers, in barbaric splendor. This gladiator's body is truly a single mass of solid muscle. His right shoulder is mutilated. His waist is pierced. His head has a large bruise.
                              Last edited by Ilkilyn; 08-26-2017, 06:45 PM.

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                              • A gladiator retreats.
                                [Success: 18, Roll: 64] You slash horizontally at a gladiator with the tip of your boison gladius. Critical Hit! A gladiator falls back as your boison gladius slices a gaping wound into her thigh.

                                A gladiator is stunned!
                                [Success: 17, Roll: 100] You lunge forward, stabbing a gladiator with your boison gladius! Critical Hit! You deliver a sharp blow to a gladiator's head, exposing a small bit of her skull.

                                A gladiator retreats.
                                [Success: 5, Roll: 78] Extending your boison gladius in one hand, you whirl around, stepping towards a gladiator, before finally bringing the blade down in a powerful diagonal slash! Critical Hit! A gladiator falls back as your boison gladius slices a gaping wound into her thigh.

                                You see a short a woman with a body packed solid with muscle. She has dark, scarred skin and cold blue eyes. Her blond hair is cut short, military style. The gladiator assesses you carefully. Her left thigh is slashed. Her right thigh is slashed. Her right hand is pierced.

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