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Written By Victus

June 18, 2018, 8:29 p.m.(1/14/1009 AR)

It's been a few days since we set foot back in Arx. I'm an odd mix of homesick and relieved at the same time. There's a shit-load to talk about, between having walked every step of your home territory and then topping it off with a brand new kid as well. Guess I'm the father of siblings now. Gods, as if Astrid weren't a fucking handful and a half already. I'll get to that though.

We started off in the north and I gotta say that this time of year, it's the place to be. Frost on the ground and hills of snow covering up all the keeps. Fresh, biting air in your lungs. Winter is fucking fantastic and the deeper we went into it, the cozier I got. Can't say much the same of my wife and our travelling companions though, but they kept their lips stiff if it was bothering them any. Respectably stiff.

Tyde. Tyde was awkward. What else could it have been though, with all the preparation and pretty words? Were it bad though? Absolutely not. Duchess Margot puts on a show for all of her visitors and seeing Dagon lug around the Sword of our House was one of them swelling with pride moments. Saw faces new and old, familiar and not. Some were pleased to me more. Some were not. Yet I think it went better than anyone had expected. Steps toward a calmer future.

Got to see Whitefrost and Navegant as well right after. The land of the turtles and the land of always ice. Both had their charm, Navegant having such pride in their crafters and Whitefrost having such elegance to them. I think you'd call it 'elegance' anyhow, their manor was fucking big. I still wonder how Navegant keeps managing to do so much new shit with just turtle shells. You'd think a shell could only go so far, but I had the most egg on my face for that idea.

Grihem's Point. It's a shame that we'd had to arrive on the day of Duchess Grimhall's illness, but the family was there to greet us happily all the same. The heart of Isles tradition has to be seen to be believed, almost like I was setting foot on revered ground. I know full well of course that they probably didn't consecrate every part of the isle, but I sure felt like it. Some folks may not think that a bulky mass of sailor and wizened reavers would also make one of the greatest sounding choirs I've ever heard, but you'd be proper wrong. Sea shanties ain't nothing to fuck with.

Kennex and Stormward itself. Their recent history has been a bloody one, but it was good to see that the heart of their people was still intact. The shipwrights were doing their thing and the storied history of the Kennex line was displayed in full force. They haven't lost their charm, that's for certain. It's a shame that this visit that had to end in tragedy. I did not know the Lady Elara very well myself, but I can see plainly in the moment of her passing the amount of love that girl had garnered. If only every person could be so lucky to have that kind of connection to their loved ones.

Blackshore and Darkwater. These were the more solemn spots of the trip, but not because of their present. Their present in fact looks more hopeful than ever. I wasn't sure what I would see on Blackshore after having been given reports after its cataclysm. Yet the name 'New Hope' for their new, budding city is a damn good one. Their dockyards were fine and their people were in high spirits. Even if much of their home was charred, they're determined to make something new. Darkwater as well, another isle that's been scorched by our conflicts and war. Though the place may be a ghost town compared to its former self, its people are still here. Refuges and new folk who would start their lives there will come flocking. And the Keep where the hero Darrow Darkwater fell still stands strong. That castle ain't going nowhere for a long time.

At last, home. The Maelstrom where I was running through bloody streets since I was small. Finally the opportunity for rest, food and drink. I scarcely wouldn't have thought though that our trip through the fortress would end in finding a fucking city in the mountains. The memories left in that place made themselves known loud and clear to the lot of us while we were down there. I think I can see a little bit clearer now that I've had 'em bumping around in my brain. Things look... Good.

Lastly, Prince Danse. Lil baby boy of blonde hair and plump in the belly. Time to figure out when's appropriate to put a kid on some exercise. Till then though? I'm just so fucking glad this one is a calm little bugger. No screaming late into the evening, no trying to kick me in the chin when they're upset. Just content, like a flowing river. Apparently Valardin is gonna teach him how to ride horses. Heh, now that I'd like to see.

Written By Vanora

June 18, 2018, 8:27 p.m.(1/14/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Katarina

I believe I can make use of your services sometime soon. We'll talk.

Written By Thena

June 18, 2018, 7:56 p.m.(1/14/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Lumen

I heard that too, and have no reason to think it's untrue.

Written By Magnus

June 18, 2018, 7:39 p.m.(1/14/1009 AR)

My arrival to Arx was perhaps ill-timed. No sooner had I reached the city that news of the Dominus' latest decree reached me. Yet I remain optimistic, and have only grown more confident with the welcoming messages I've received that to swear to the Compact was not only the right choice for my people, but also, as I hope to prove in the coming years, the one for the Compact as well.

Now, to work.

Written By Lumen

June 18, 2018, 7:26 p.m.(1/14/1009 AR)

I hear that Master Aleksei does not need to relieve himself at all and never has, but that might just be a rumor.

Written By Snow

June 18, 2018, 7:21 p.m.(1/14/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Aleksei

Today I saw a man today, who would only take water in front of one of the shrines. I hope he doesn't die of the cold. I also hope he has plans on what he should do if he should need to bathe, or relieve himself. Truly curious.

Written By Snow

June 18, 2018, 5:06 p.m.(1/14/1009 AR)

As it is my first day in the city....I will have this man write that I am saddened that my world has changed that people here think I am a barbarian...or some feral creature, that I must change for some group of gods I know so little of. But I will learn, but it is how I will stay here and with family. But I am saddened and I hope that there will be a day when I will be able to lead my people in the rites that we all have grown through, that people will know that I am better for my faith. That I embrace the mountains where I came from, and that it is a part of me. I fear that it will not matter in the end though and that I will be forced to change. But my next life will hold promise as well.

Written By Roran

June 18, 2018, 4:27 p.m.(1/14/1009 AR)

It has been crowded at the Shrine of Limerance. At least Aleksei will not feel lonely during his penance, but I admit that I would /hate/ to have this many people around me at all times. I suppose not having any privacy is an intentional part of it. All in all, people here have not seemed to be too harsh to him.

Written By Katarina

June 18, 2018, 4:26 p.m.(1/14/1009 AR)

I believe I've finally found a niche for myself: event hosting and coordinating. There is something positively infectious about taking someone's vision, even if it is not my own, and translating it into an event or activity to be enjoyed by the crowds or help achieve a humanitarian goal. It certainly helps pass the time when I find myself on extended bouts of shore leave. Should anyone have an activity or event they would like help planning, (not hosting, mind you), I'd be more than happy to lend my services. (Free of charge, of course.)

Written By Adriana

June 18, 2018, 4:14 p.m.(1/14/1009 AR)

Blessed Lagoma, lady of changes, be with me and my family as we undertake the largest change to ever -- change us.

My sister is now the Countess-Consort to a house of Prodigals. And as fully endorsed by the Faith, it is charged that they come to learn of the Pantheon and embrace the Gods. And they intend to do so and I intend to see to it that it comes to pass as well as being able to help them grow financially. I'm a spiritual person no doubt, and raised in the holy faith of Sanctum and though I'm not what one would call Orthodox, I'm very traditionalist.

So please, Lagoma, help me with all these change to come.

Written By Quenia

June 18, 2018, 3:45 p.m.(1/14/1009 AR)

I can truly recommend drunken sailing to anyone who needs to get over their woes. Lots of rum. Lots of great stories. Lots of fun to be had. Many, many thanks to Princess-Consort Alarissa and Princess Coraline for helping me to forget my troubles, if only for a few days.

Written By Eithne

June 18, 2018, 1:54 p.m.(1/14/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Aurora

Truly a legend in your craft. I couldn't be more proud to be your big sister.

Written By Eithne

June 18, 2018, 1:51 p.m.(1/14/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Darren

My first patron, always so patient with me and always so kind and courteous. He is a man of honor and loyalty and I will always admire him for those qualities.

Written By Sabella

June 18, 2018, 12:47 p.m.(1/14/1009 AR)

Last night I had a wonderful time with Lady Kenna taking over the Ambassador Salon with an endless parade of people, each as entertaining and amazing as the last! It was a fantastic night with great company and then Lord Niklas and I sat up to watch the sunrise with the snowfall and it was just the perfect beginning to a day that is already turning out to be wonderful since I then spent the morning with him and made a new friend in the afternoon!

I cannot wait to see what this evening has in store!

Written By Sina

June 18, 2018, 11:57 a.m.(1/14/1009 AR)

So far I have visited the Shrine of Mangata and the Shrine of the Lost. Now I move on to the Shrine of the Queen of Endings. I have made a small offering to place upon the altar here as well. I find that I am more and more inspired in the little offerings that I create, the more I create them. I feel as though my artistic intuition is coming alive with these visits. I look forward to visiting the Shrine of Jayus, which I think shall be next on my list of stops, tomorrow.

Written By Pharamond

June 18, 2018, 11:43 a.m.(1/14/1009 AR)

Learn to dodge.

Must learn to dodge.

Dodging is much more useful than I had originally suspected.

Written By Pasquale

June 18, 2018, 11:43 a.m.(1/14/1009 AR)

I have answered the recent recruiting call among the Lyceum and joined the Mirrorguard. It strikes me as a force ideal to combatting the unorthodox foes that increasingly threaten the Compact, and I hope my abilities at tactical analysis can be put to good use. Making the impossible possible seems a worthy endeavor.

Written By Iseulet

June 18, 2018, 11:43 a.m.(1/14/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Ryhalt

Don't worry, My Lord - no marriage contract needed to do business!

Plus, I'm sure you and your wife make the perfect, sweetest couple.

Written By Naka

June 18, 2018, 11:18 a.m.(1/14/1009 AR)

There is need for a scholar to, at some point, consider the Silent Reflections. These past days have been a part of mine.

The physical silence to be found in the Shrine of the Thirteenth is reputed to be a barrier to some. I did not find it to be complete, or, at least, completely without respite, so, therefore, to me, not oppressive. More often than not, I seek the quiet, where possible, in daily life.

The Reflections themselves give what remains to them in the ways that remain to them. To me, they are symbolic, not of their transgressions, but of their responsibilities. Each transgression is unique, from motivation through action and ultimately to downfall, but the responsibility each had and the responsibility they collectively took up thereafter in their new existence, they share. It is important to try to understand this point when one is considering taking up a portion of that responsibility, because one cannot do so without living thereafter within the shadow of the entirety of the same. This, then, the point: it would be deceptively and impermissively facile to assume that I would at all points make better decisions than these others under the weight of my oaths, or, worse, that I will never be in a position that I might need to make any difficult decision with respect to it. The one is pride raised to hubris and the other diffidence disguised as hope.

Overall, as I leave the Shrine of the Thirteenth, for now, I have confidence in the reasons I have within myself for wanting to voluntarily take the oath of a Scholar of Vellichor, coupled with the knowledge that time and experience may well find me a hypocrite for having done so. We must be careful of the assumption that we will somehow always make the best possible decisions in the moment, as well as the assumption that, if we each individually make good personal choices, the overall outcome must be necessarily good for all.

Written By Mae

June 18, 2018, 10:02 a.m.(1/14/1009 AR)

Dear Vellichor,

I witnessed last night the dumbest thing in all of aion. It involved men and their egos. Really, is there anything dumber?

<3 Mae

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