[FEATURE] Cathedral on Celyddon
The cruciform cathedral church of St Eve and St Lilith has been erected above the castle in a mix of Norman and early Gothic styles on the former high fell in Celyddon (known to locals as Y Crib), containing the tombs of the two saints of the Hebrew Old Testament. Come to see the great spire and the four doors of the Tower of the Winds, a great rose window in the East, a pair of transept-chapels with the tomb of St Eve at the crossing, and a highly unusual interfaith retro-choir with the tomb of St Lilith beneath the floor. Wonder at the strange inscriptions and effigies. Changes have been made to the castle to secure the cathedral's defence from seafaring raiders and pirates. But all is not as it seems. Something nefarious stirs nearby on a mysterious, seemingly barren isle in the west, where the townspeople fear to tread... Is the town safe?
[INFO] New island and sea areas
A new 512x512 island has been added to Ocean Grid, in a region called Manaw. For those with an interest in history and place names, this is the Welsh name for the Isle of Man and also of an ancient Brittonic or early Welsh kingdom near Edinburgh. Technically this demonstrates that varregions can have borders with regions of different sizes, which has been possible in OpenSim 0.9.x but was not recommended for previous versions.
At the time of writing the single parcel, which is in development, has the following description in Welsh and in English:
"Ynys mawr nad oes enaid byw arni. Gochelwch rhag y fampirod!
A large island without a living soul on it. Beware of the vampires!"
The same simulator has also now been used [2021-11-16] to run adjacent sea areas around the four original islands, the experimental region Rheged and the new island Manaw. Other than the sea areas, each of these are run on separate simulators. Simulator boundary crossing is more consistent and reliably faster between Manaw and the sea areas than it is between different simulators, which is perhaps not altogether surprising.
The total number of simulators on Ocean Grid is now 6 and the number of regions including the 5 sea areas is 11, up from the 4 original regions.
Perhaps it is appropriate for a grid called Ocean Grid that it now has more sea than land!
Note [2021-12-03] Some instability had been noticed for some time on the TLS regions using HTTPS including this one. It turned out to be a configuration problem where Monit was unable to test that the regions were online, including these ones and the large island Rheged, so was constantly re-starting them. This has now been resolved and they are working normally again. Their TLS certificates have also been renewed, as they were approaching expiry, but they had not expired and this was not the issue that was causing the problem.
[NOTICE] Contacting us directly by in-world chat
It will now again be possible to speak directly to the Grid Owner, Starflower Bracken, through public chat from anywhere on the grid. If you want a more virtual world experience, please go to one of the enquiry centres, the Beach Bar on Annwfn, either the Quay House or the Harbourmaster's Office on Celyddon, or the main bar of the Merry Maids Inn on Gododdin and, as if by magic, her avatar (or rather, an NPC representation of it) will appear and she will speak to you through it. Please be patient if you do not get an instant response but be assured that Starflower (or Star, if you prefer) will be doing her best to be available. Sometimes she may be busy, working or using a phone to type! You don't need to be in one of these specific locations to get in touch.
Please say "Starflower" or "Star" in public chat to increase the likelihood of being immediately noticed on the in-world chat.
For a technical and administrative explanation, please read further:
Today the IRC backend has been restored so that ONLY admninistrators can see public chat, although it isn't normally recorded unless a suspected breach of TOS is being investigated (which has never happened on Ocean Grid to date). It may be possible to add an XMPP bridge, although this isn't a major priority and will only be done if in-world chat remains entirely secure.
These chat servers were never used except by administrators when they were last in use, so even if they are made publicly accessible again, channels connected to the in-world public chat channel will not be re-opened to the outside. People in-world would not know who was listening and could be spoken to anywhere by anybody on the channel, which would make potential for unpleasant misuse of the chat channel. Use by administrators or welcome staff is entirely different and can help to provide a more personal experience to visitors who could not otherwise easily make contact in person.
[NOTICE] Major hardware upgrade (system memory)
The available RAM on the server running five simulator-regions (one region per simulator) has been increased from 8GB to 32GB (DDR3) and performance has been radically improved as a result. Even for OpenSim, which is quite heavy on memory, this is a lot.
Ocean Grid is still operating on an old Intel® Core™ i5-2400 CPU @ 3.10GHz x 4 processor with 1TB hard drive space. However, it is more than capable of running a Linux server.
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