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Written By Carmen

Dec. 14, 2018, 9:42 p.m.(3/5/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Violet

Let it be known that on this, the fifth day of March, 1010, I beat Commandant-Baroness Violet Farwatch in an archery contest on an icy night where you almost couldn't see the target around your own breathing. She's worked with me on the bow and arrow since the Blades dragged me out of the Lowers and into a better life. I thought I'd never be good enough to beat her, which said much more about me as a student. It's the best gift I have to give to the teacher I never deserved.

Of course, I'm still going to try to win the next one, too.

Written By Josephine

Dec. 14, 2018, 6:54 p.m.(3/4/1010 AR)

There is much more snow in my future.

I am unimpressed. But I shall endure in the name of assisting someone I t think I would like to call a friend if not one of my best clients. I shall need more tea from Draven to contend with it all. A new cane as well. All that metal in the cold won't be comfortable. Will have to think of something.

Written By Cristoph

Dec. 14, 2018, 6:20 p.m.(3/4/1010 AR)

Artshall Spring FĂȘte of Blossoms feels as if it's just around the corner, when really it's about two months away. So much time! And so quickly it goes. There's always a tremendous of amount of planning and talking involved. I'm excited at the prospects of seeing new and old friends visit our family home. I've plans to have the lawn cleared away so that visitors can set up their tents and pavilions, it's likely where I'll have the crafters and vendors set up as well.

We've received a beautiful painting from Master Jyri Tersk and an extraordinary tapestry from Mistress Petal Penrose. I look forward to seeing the tailoring masterpiece that's surely to come from Natalia Whisper.

Written By Sparte

Dec. 14, 2018, 5:28 p.m.(3/4/1010 AR)

Well it finally happened. I've gotten to the point I have my stoumach protest the sight of soup. It didn't help that I got sick recently either.

I'm going to carry hot cocoa in the soupflask for a while. Now it is the cocoaflask. Maybe I'll take to jerky as well, I've gotten better at hunting. Some of the other guardsmen swear by a good jerky.

Written By Acantha

Dec. 14, 2018, 5:28 p.m.(3/4/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Mirk

I wanted to thank Lord Mirk Halfshav for being my co-host for the events this week. It helps a lot that the Halfshav family has been working so close with one of their vassal houses and helping out with things.

Written By River

Dec. 14, 2018, 5:17 p.m.(3/4/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Orathy

I never thought I'd hear, but I either have Caught him drunk, or he's having a particularly good day, but Let the records show that Orathy, can say I love you. It's only once, but I write it here, so if he never says it again, I still can prove it one time.

Written By Perronne

Dec. 14, 2018, 4:54 p.m.(3/4/1010 AR)

It is good to be out and about again!

The cold has been such that I've mostly stayed in my cozy little flat except to take care of business. I'm kinda used to that, because it was what I did when I was traveling and could afford to - rent a place, do research, hole up. And before I could afford to do that, I'd usually find myself in some small village or town, hunting, ice fishing, or gathering what herbs were left in order to sell to get me through the winter. So it sort of comes naturally.

But I had to realize that, in Arx, I don't have to! I've got enough of a cushion that I don't have to spend all day working, and there are plenty of people around and things to do, and interact with. And the chances of getting run out of town for being an annoying outsider are considerably lower! We're all sort of outsiders here, if you look at it in a certain way.

So, I'm going to try and be better about the social thing, for sure. And I've got some new projects to work on! I'm very excited.

Written By Alarissa

Dec. 14, 2018, 4:10 p.m.(3/4/1010 AR)

Who shreds Aeterna more effectively? A two yer old or a handful of kittens.

The answer is in my wardrobe.

Written By Cirroch

Dec. 14, 2018, 3:26 p.m.(3/4/1010 AR)

Mistress Josephine is creating the prizes for the pair's fashion show that Sasha and I will be hosting. I have to say, I'm looking forward to them. I hope that the winners like them as well.

Written By Isabetta

Dec. 14, 2018, 2:53 p.m.(3/4/1010 AR)

Today I made a very hard choice, but a right choice. If there was any doubt in what I was doing, it was erased the moment I actually did it. Kind of like how someone like lets say... Lady Cadenza might really like that fresh cup of hot chocolate, but she's allergic to cocoa (she isn't really (probably)). Everytime she tries it she gets a little sick and feels awful for the next day. She finally decides she's going to stop, but has to say it to the cocoa's face. She buys a cup, brings it to her lips and instantly it burns her and then gives her hives and then spills itself on her gown and down her front and she ends up stuck with the mercies for the next month.

Yeah, she's probably not second guessing herself anymore either.

Written By Mikani

Dec. 14, 2018, 2:41 p.m.(3/4/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Arik

This is my song I wrote.

This is an echo song.
Doesn't need to be very long.

Thank you.

Written By Kedehern

Dec. 14, 2018, 2:05 p.m.(3/4/1010 AR)

If anyone is missing a silver hair accessory, I believe a small, mischievous looking raccoon may have given it to me before it was distracted by a dropped half-eaten pastry of a passerby.

Please write to me with a description of the item in question and I will see to it that it is swiftly returned.

Written By Jyri

Dec. 14, 2018, 12:43 p.m.(3/4/1010 AR)

I met with Marquis Hadrian Mazetti, a great man working for a good cause. A cause I have now also joined - the Arvum Refugee Relief Group. (I wonder if they like to call it ARRG?)

Either or, it's what I wanted to do for a long time but I realised I'd be better off joining an actual organisation focused on it, where my help gets to best use. I got some goals to work towards there already, apart from meeting and greeting refugees and helping out with practical things.

Written By Evaristo

Dec. 14, 2018, 12:38 p.m.(3/4/1010 AR)

Fairly laid back week. In fact, I don't think I did much of anything, which is just how I like it.

Great dinner on the Tasty Terrapine - that ship has a great captain and a great crew. And that soup!

If I didn't like captain Valenzo, I'd have try to nab that cook right under his nose, but that'd be one bad move on my part. I figure I will just try to get myself invited over for more dinners instead.

Still reeling a bit over being an uncle. In the best of ways.

Written By Delilah

Dec. 14, 2018, 12:01 p.m.(3/4/1010 AR)

Today has been a delight of such brilliant minds! How I am delighted to find myself in the midst of intellectual rapport between a Seraceni, a Telmar, a Grayson, and myself. For a good while, we had a Gilden and a Bisland to set off a whirlwind of amusements and reflections on the nature of Arvian culture. This is the Compact at its finest.

Written By Kedehern

Dec. 14, 2018, 9:38 a.m.(3/4/1010 AR)

My arrival in Arx happened mostly without incident. I still need to stop by and drop in on Cristoph to make my respects, but I hope to do that soon.

Written By Vincenzo

Dec. 14, 2018, 9:17 a.m.(3/4/1010 AR)

I do not think I have stopped for a moment since I came to Arx. It is almost as if everything in my life simply stopped for ten years and then within the space of three weeks I've crammed in the activity of that missing decade. I have spoken to family for the first time since Carlotta made her decision. I have begun to work towards finding out the truth of things (ooooh, how vague, I know.) and I have sewn my fingers near to the bone. Thanks be to the gods that I was able to find a few seamstresses and a hemsman at the Shrine of Jayus looking for work. Every time I lay out new pieces it seems they are gone in seconds. I have never seen an appetite for clothes quite like it. Even in Setarco, the city of Silk itself.

Not to say there aren't downsides. So far they have come no where near the benefits, however.

I should send a letter back to Esme.

Written By Orathy

Dec. 14, 2018, 4:32 a.m.(3/3/1010 AR)

**drunken writing**
{?Aight bishes! I be comin outta retirement. Aye, ya bet yer arses that shit gunna be stirred. Ain't ever forget dem who done me wrong.

Written By Violet

Dec. 14, 2018, 12:01 a.m.(3/3/1010 AR)

I have not been keeping up on my journals nearly enough. But I attribute that to being under the weather and consumed with my duties. Consumed. A funny word with so many potential meanings and inflections. Lately I have been dealing with a horrible hunger. I've sought the help of my medics, as well as other counsel. Nightmares have come with it. Unpleasant and leaving me waking in cold sweats as often as not. Sometimes I thrash, sometimes I scream, but I am thankful to have Thorley there to calm them.

I've sought the solace of prayer at the Shrines and meditation at the Stone Grove. I am lucky in that I have the means and ability to seak many answers to my problems. Through the years I have become something I never would have expected. Leading the Blades? A surprise, yes, but one of us would have been chosen when Lord Tobias retired or died. I feel like he made a good choice. The Blades may have been hit hard, like many, from the Lodge attacks. But we will persevere as we ever do.

The new Chapter House in Cascade Springs is amazing. There was a lot of silver and resources put into it. I hear that some of the people who have been there are calling it the Penthouse. I suppose having an attached bathing house is a luxury, but in the cold of the North should be teaching the current crew why it is not so much. Hah! My last inspection it was almost done. Harlex has given wonderful reviews and I look forward to visiting it once the Winter has abated and this taint is gone from me.

Once Winter is past I expect new contracts to be coming in. Thankfully right now is a good time for training. Even if there are complaints about the snow. We have to be ready to fight and deal with all kinds of weather. So of course I'm going to take advantage of it. Besides. This is mild. Wait till they get stationed at the 'Penthouse'.

Written By Juniper

Dec. 13, 2018, 11:53 p.m.(3/3/1010 AR)

Happy birthday to me! Another year older and still a Whisper!

Sorry, Marquessa.

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