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Written By Holt

Aug. 20, 2018, 7:29 a.m.(6/6/1009 AR)

Had a productive day. Nico and I ran across Harlex and Violet, of the Crimson Blades. An offer of employment was made that we're sure to follow up on, and after that we did a bit of training before dropping in on the event over at The Golden Hart. We encountered Ronja there, and had a bit of fun in the dueling ring with her despite the fact that she looked a little worn out already. Nico and Ronja thought they could beat me fighting together two versus one, and I wagered that if I won I'd get a favor from each of them.

I won (of course), and had them kiss each other. Not Nico's first kiss of the evening, but a better prize could not have been asked for.

Written By Ronja

Aug. 20, 2018, 7:08 a.m.(6/6/1009 AR)

Where do I even begin? I joined a sparring tournament and fought Sir Jordan using that sword my dad sent me. I lost, but put up enough of a fight that the crowd seemed very impressed. Holt and Nico arrived and after some conversation, and we decided to have some spars with little wagers tagged in. Before it began, an interested noble offered me patronage, but we decided to talk about it more in-depth later because fuck if I know what that means. Nico and I teamed up against Holt and wagered favors for the victor. I may have lost every fight I was in today, but the blood, sweat, and sand was all worth it in the end.

Written By Marian

Aug. 20, 2018, 7:02 a.m.(6/6/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Valerio

I met Lord Valerio Mazetti that day of the mission. He was a man that rivaled me in the number of scars that he carried. A quiet man that let his sword speak for him. In the midst of the fight, when we were surrounded, he made a sacrifice of his own life to save another.

Lord Arik Halfshav walks with us today because Lord Valerio chose to defend him rather than himself. He honored House Redrain by saving our Voice. He honored House Halfshav by saving their Sword. He honored Gloria by making the ultimate sacrifice.

I can not help but think I missed an opportunity to know a great man.

Written By Marian

Aug. 20, 2018, 6:46 a.m.(6/6/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Barric

Prince Barric and I met more than a decade ago when Princess Alarissa married Prince Vance, and became my sister. He was just a boy on the edge of becoming a man. There was so much hope and promise. His earnest want to serve Gloria was never in question. He knew even then what he wanted to be. "None greater than Grayson" were words that he lived by. He strived to be the best in everything. To be that model knight.

Ideals are wonderful on paper but difficult to live by. I won't speak of more recent events, since they have been hashed out on the whites in great length. However, I can tell you that his drive was both a blessing and curse. His failures would weigh deeply. His successes were not celebrated enough by him. I had hoped he would find a measure of peace with Princess Coraline. And then with the Templars who he was preparing to swear into. I only wished him glory and honor in service to Gloria.

In the end, he served the Crown and Compact well. He lived up to the ideals that he so aspired to. He served Gloria well. I was there, I saw his sacrifice. I am humbled by his selflessness.

Written By Felicia

Aug. 20, 2018, 5:49 a.m.(6/6/1009 AR)

I knew Lord Valerio Mazetti a very short time, but, he made an impression.

It was nearly five inches square and lurid shades of purple and green for days, and the smattering of deeper spots felt like someone stabbed me with a hairpin multiple times for the next couple of weeks.

He also gave me quite a scare when he hit the sands like a sack of potatoes, but, for all that I'd be a liar to say he was a comely man... he was a witty one. His scars told stories I never got to hear the balance of but spoke as loudly as his hammer as to the kind of iron forged man he was.

I cannot pretend to be surprised, that he met his end in battle. Protecting the life of another. Mother keep him safe, until his next turn on the Wheel.

Written By Merek

Aug. 20, 2018, 5:03 a.m.(6/6/1009 AR)

The Gala was great, and it was nice to sample so many wines. I hope they will host more! I like my new quill!

Written By Preston

Aug. 20, 2018, 4:35 a.m.(6/6/1009 AR)

Prince Barric was a man I only knew in more recent times - as his life found him answering the call to Gloria, preparing to swear his life to the Gods and forsake the title of Prince and the name Grayson. Now, his soul is in the shining realm, awaiting its return to the wheel.

I will not lie and say he was a man I understood, or indeed that I was certain whether he was looking to swear his oaths because of genuine calling or because he wished to no longer be who he was. I sent him to the Archlectors for a week, to talk to them and he returned still certain, so we proceeded. Matters were proceeding in arranging the ceremony. What I am certain of, what I do understand, is that the Templars have lost a knight of skill and quality in this, and that his family suffer as well. He was knighted by Lord Commander Dayne, he was proud of that fact, but offered to squire again as penance if it was necessary - I told him that I was not going to second guess a man like Dayne, that his word, his judgement was sufficient for me. That humility - though I know it was hard learned - would have served him well in the Templars.

There is no gesture I have that will make it better, or that can bring him back. Nothing I can say which can match the words of those who knew him better than I did. The one thing we can offer though, not for anyone's sake but Barric's, is that he was a knight -swore those oaths - and was willing to swear an oath to the Gods and become a Templar. He died, by what we know, in noble sacrifice - born of that selfless love of a knight for his charges, which Gloria would honour. If the Graysons wish it, he will have a place in the Mausoleum of the Faith, and we will erect a wall shrine so the honour in his death might be remembered and inspire faith in others.

Written By Charlaine

Aug. 20, 2018, 4:22 a.m.(6/6/1009 AR)

I have spoken to the Prince Ainsley regarding the children he has saved before.

Finally, we made the necessary arrangements and my husband and I have fostered two wonderful children.

It seems they can not be separated even if they are not siblings. A girl of eight years old and a wild boy of 5 years old. It's going to be an amazing adventure to get to know those kids and help them develop their skills and establish a stable and loving life to them!

Written By Coraline

Aug. 20, 2018, 2:08 a.m.(6/6/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Barric

It was a sunny day in the Gilded Page, and Agatha and I were moving boxes of books. You came sweeping in with a bottle of whiskey all good cheer and charm. Between one breath and the next you were inviting me to get to know you better and I, feeling brave, took you up on your offer. We went to the beach where there was a Thraxian party, one you claimed you didn't know was happening, you just thought I would like the beach. You were right, I love the beach.

As time went on and I got to know you better I saw parts of you that few others ever had the chance to, or perhaps desired to. I saw a man who strove to be everything a Sword should. I got to see a man who loved so intently, so completely, that it broke him before I had ever met him. I knew a man who loved me. And I loved him wholly. I had never felt such love before, nor I imagine shall I feel it again.

Our time together was all too brief, we didn't always see eye to eye, we fought, we argued, but there was always love at it's core. And then, then you left on a journey I couldn't follow. Your return heralded the end of us and the beginning of a new you. I accepted this, you seemed more focused then I recalled, more driven. Perhaps Gloria did send you guidance, perhaps this was inevitable. And you are gone. Perhaps one day the scar of your loss will heal, perhaps one day I can look back and feel only fondness for the memories.

Goodbye beloved, your honor is untarnished, your bravery unquestioned, your strength unbroken.

Written By Bliss

Aug. 20, 2018, 1:39 a.m.(6/6/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Barric

We never did bury the hatchet. You're not the first, I doubt you'll be the last.

Thank you for living up to who you claimed you were in the end. Any wrongs are forgiven. I apologize for those which I might have inflicted upon you. May your next turn on the Wheel be a delightful one, and I am certain the Queen is enjoying your stories now.

None Greater, indeed.

Written By Samantha

Aug. 20, 2018, 1:27 a.m.(6/6/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Barric

Prince Barric Grayson was my first love.

It was a child's love, from the time when Grayson's young scions were brought to Pridehall to learn the arts of war and strategy, and to be educated in leadership. I knew him when he was gangly and growing, when he first put his hands on a sword, and when his voice first cracked.

I left Pridehall for Deepwood about halfway to my sixteenth birthday, and put all thought of such fanciful notions behind. And even when I came to Arx to spend time at court, I seldom saw him, as he was mainly at Pridehall. When we did finally meet again, we were very different people. But I only saw him with the eyes of the fourteen year old girl who had loved him, and when I made a fool of myself, he forgave me, explained himself, and we stayed good friends.

I was blessed to find a stronger and more lasting love than what I felt as a girl, as a woman to a man who loves me. It never seemed to me that Barric was so lucky, and we grew apart over the years in Arx. And then, this past year...I don't know. Perhaps something troubled him.

I mourn the boy. The first love. The young man. The friend. That is how I choose to remember him, and I hope by the grace of the Queen of Endings that his next turn on the Wheel carries him to a life less strangled and difficult than it seemed his life had become in these last few months.

Written By Victus

Aug. 20, 2018, 1:18 a.m.(6/6/1009 AR)

Princess Marian. Princess Coraline. Lord Arik. Prince Luca.

Thank you.

Written By Victus

Aug. 20, 2018, 1:17 a.m.(6/6/1009 AR)

I live.

Prince Barric Grayson. Lord Valerio Mazetti.

Remember these two as heroes.

Written By Alarissa

Aug. 20, 2018, 1:13 a.m.(6/6/1009 AR)

Dear Dragon

Take care of him for me.

Some day I will see you both again.

Written By Tesha

Aug. 20, 2018, 12:34 a.m.(6/6/1009 AR)

Guess you need to make yourself feel stupid at least once a week these days.

Written By Faruq

Aug. 19, 2018, 11:47 p.m.(6/6/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Fecundo

** Written in Faruq's flowing loopy handwriting **

Do not worry Lord Fecundo, you will always be the first and primary peacock in the family.

Wear the cloak, buy an outfit to match, and do so proudly.

Embrace your strengths my friend.

Written By Derovai

Aug. 19, 2018, 11:26 p.m.(6/6/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Vandred

How would you like a pair of fantastic aeterna trousers?

Written By Fecundo

Aug. 19, 2018, 11:22 p.m.(6/6/1009 AR)

Won one of the five cloaks at the Gala. It is beautiful work, though I wonder what I might do with it. I think Miranda already has eyes for it. I had hoped for one of the two that could compliment armor, but it was not fated to bed. Congratulations to those that managed to pull those in, as well as the rest of those who took home these functional works of art. I may need to reach out about an outfit that might match the cloak now.

The might be straying too far into peacock territory...

Written By Theodoric

Aug. 19, 2018, 11:16 p.m.(6/6/1009 AR)

I'm not much for fancy parties, but being paid to stand around and help people lie to each other is a more useful use of time than my typical evening. There were some truly spectacular ones, the sheer audacity of them, almost brought a tear to my eye. It's nice to know that we've all something in common.

Written By Niro

Aug. 19, 2018, 11:12 p.m.(6/6/1009 AR)

I've also started learning how to craft jewellery. It's nothing superb. I've had to throw some pieces out - the amount of metal involved is far less, so it's a little more intricate and tricky to work with. Thankfully I'm just trying to get designs, and I haven't ruined any actual jewels. That would be awful.

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