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Written By Pasquale

Aug. 19, 2018, 9:54 p.m.(6/5/1009 AR)

I continue to reflect on the concepts of fidelity and devotion, as they relate to my found family and the life I make for myself. The bounds they imply can seem soft things on the days when they are not being tested or called upon, as love can seem soft. And then, on other days, you realize how tightly they hold you. The demands are a weight of a thousand stone, the trust they signify is rather terrifying. They are the foundation of my life, though, and that which gives it some value I can build on. And so today I bow to Limerance again, in thanks for all I've been blessed with, and in prayer I've the strength to bear it and the road it takes me on.

Written By Caith

Aug. 19, 2018, 9:46 p.m.(6/5/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Saoirse

No, of course not! Stumphrey would never bite me. He only gives me kisses. Thousands upon thousands of kisses!

By the way, speaking of giving and receiving affection, will you be attending the Hug-Off?

Written By Alarissa

Aug. 19, 2018, 9:38 p.m.(6/5/1009 AR)

What if I am the only one to come back?

That's a worry I feel as we are setting sail. It's consuming me. I didn't go to the gala despite that I had half a mind to and see what spectacle it was that had been produced. But it was better that my mind was focused so that when it was done and the few who were coming with us would just need to board the ship.

Another thing done, the vast majority of the populace ignorant. It makes me wonder what else that even I am unaware of that's happening? I watched him on the deck, Victus looking out over the water as we head north toward Crovane lands. I see it in his shoulders. As he said goodbye to the children. Held Danse very quietly. Very close. Instructions have been left for Denica.

I don't look good in black. I really don't. My head hurts at the thought of any turmoil that Thrax and the isles would be thrown into. Gods.

Gods.

Be at our back. Bring them safe to the base camp. In as much as you can. I know that in the end, it is in their own hands. Blessed Mangata watch over your favoured sons. Bring Veneteri back to Ayllish. Bring me back my Rooster. Gloria grant them the strength they need.

I don't want to imagine what the isles will be like without that behemoth of a man.

Written By Edward

Aug. 19, 2018, 8:15 p.m.(6/5/1009 AR)

An interesting week. The East Light fund raiser was a success. Grimhall expanded their navy recruiting efforts. And I drank less rum than usual.

Oh. And the bees. The bees. That's going to be a thing going forward. I guess I should get used to that.

Written By Ronja

Aug. 19, 2018, 8:07 p.m.(6/5/1009 AR)

I was doing some research in The Stacks when a messenger came to me. Delivered a sword and a note from my father. He called me 'daughter'...

Written By Ida

Aug. 19, 2018, 8:04 p.m.(6/5/1009 AR)

I feel like I am one of few people in the city who did not attend the Gala, which I regret, of course, but I'm terrible at parties. My thanks to Lady Monique for allowing me to contribute and I have no doubt everything I have heard surely pales to experiencing the event in person.

I get to add Aunt to my title! Truly, Joscelin and Oliver's child, or children of course, will be the best trained, best dressed, best armed in the city. Maybe in Arvum. While I mostly kid, surely they will have an entire Guild to call their aunts and uncles! And I've every plan to spoil them terribly, because that's what the best aunts do, right? I could not be happier for them both. Yes, even for Oliver.

Gerard and I did some planning for what will be our new living quarters and home. I am not one to gush, but oaths and steel. I tried doing some planning on my own and wasn't succeeding very well. When he joined me and said one thing, it inspired another and we just worked so well together on it. Which is good, since that is probably helpful in a marriage and all. I sometimes still marvel how easily my days are brightened.

Written By Faruq

Aug. 19, 2018, 7:54 p.m.(6/5/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Katarina

** written in Faruq's flowing and loopy handwriting **

Fear is healthy. It keeps us alive. It tells us what we are doing is stupid, dangerous, or both.

The key is to face the fear. To stare it in the proverbial eye and not let it rule you. To beat it.

At the very least not let it stop you from acting one way or the other.

One cannot have bravery without fear.

If ever you wish to speak with me however Princess, I am always willing to listen.

Written By Katarina

Aug. 19, 2018, 7:50 p.m.(6/5/1009 AR)

I have cried myself to sleep many nights since I first came to Arvum, convinced that if I let my guard down the shadows would come in the night and nothing would be left of me in the morning - or that if I closed my eyes, I would be awakening to the mortal terror I'd been running from for years.

That sort of fear is crippling. It is like you're a prisoner in your own mind, waiting with bated breath for the veil to be snatched back from the dream to find that you never escaped the nightmare - never truly living, just a shade of who you could be; should be. I wouldn't wish this state of being on anyone else.

Saying that much is freeing, Scholar Tomas. Like you said, I cannot move forward and grow if I cannot stand up to my own darkest fears. We know that he will come for me and go to the end of the world to fulfill his promise, but we'll stand ready for him and be that much stronger for it.

Written By Eleyna

Aug. 19, 2018, 7:39 p.m.(6/5/1009 AR)

The Gala was indeed lovely. I didn't have a chance to dance, but I did get to participate in a contest which was great fun. It's too bad that the very smell of wine makes me sick these days else I would have been in heaven with all the vintages on offer. Conversations left me with many questions, but those are often the best kind. The only downside was that I didn't get a chance to dance. I do so love to and opportunity for it is rarer and rarer these days.

Written By Monique

Aug. 19, 2018, 7:34 p.m.(6/5/1009 AR)

Ah, also, if you fell in love with one of the Alcoves last night? Send a messenger and I will send crews over to resurrect it wherever you may wish.

Cerdic's alcove is spoken for, but Weohstan, Alarice, Pena, the Leader of the Metallic Order and Goldenpyre's alcoves still remain up for grabs.

Written By Perronne

Aug. 19, 2018, 7:27 p.m.(6/5/1009 AR)

This isn't funny. If anyone who might be reading this happened to pull a prank in my shop today (and if you did, you probably ARE reading this, hoping for a reaction - and I hope this makes you happy!) which involved one of my wares, I hope that you will do the honorable thing and confess.

It wasn't very funny, and I would like the original back, please.

Written By Casimir

Aug. 19, 2018, 7:19 p.m.(6/5/1009 AR)

Newly arrived to Arx. Somewhat limited in the amount of reading material that I brought, and now I find the Acheron libraries in complete disarray after some sort of incident or another. I'm not entirely sure that incidents aren't the usual standard of order around here. On the other hand, my new wife provided sufficient funds to make headway on restoring that.

Oh, right: also, married.

I don't think she likes my beard. Let the record show it's a great beard.

Written By Sabella

Aug. 19, 2018, 7:13 p.m.(6/5/1009 AR)

The Gala was an absolutely legendary night and lived up to its theme in every sense of it! I have to thank Prince Tyrval, both of them, for being so game all evening. I had a wonderful time as Queen Alarice, but am doubly thankful now that my cousin is King and I get to put this crown in the armoire and never think of that sort of responsibility again!

Well. I might take the crown out every once and awhile.

But it was truly an amazing event. It was wonderful to see so many people from so many families attend and talk and dance and laugh with each other. To see so many people interested in the stories of the past and looking to forge new bonds to help us move into the future was inspiring! If we all remain so open and willing to work and help each other I cannot imagine a force we cannot counter. We are stronger together. We are better together.

I have great hopes for the legends of the future!

Written By Saoirse

Aug. 19, 2018, 7:12 p.m.(6/5/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Fairen

Maybe you could give it to your leige lords, that way they may sit comfortably during any and all lectures.

Written By Saoirse

Aug. 19, 2018, 7:12 p.m.(6/5/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Caith

What did you do to your hand? DID THAT DOG BITE YOU.

Written By Caith

Aug. 19, 2018, 6:55 p.m.(6/5/1009 AR)

I have been a bit withdrawn from the public eye of late. I should probably make more of an effort to get out and about but I find myself rather engaged these days with several projects and research tasks. Some things have been completed while others remain just beyond my grasp. It doesn't help matters any that I have injured my hand! That has slowed me down a bit.

Still! I will endeavor to get out more. It feels like an age since I have had an evening with friends.

Written By Aleksei

Aug. 19, 2018, 6:45 p.m.(6/5/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Luca

You've got an expiration date, bucko.

Written By Fairen

Aug. 19, 2018, 6:36 p.m.(6/5/1009 AR)

I am now in possession of a very lovely throne that I have absolutely no idea what to do with. Or rather, where I should put it.

Written By Luca

Aug. 19, 2018, 6:19 p.m.(6/5/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Aleksei

I would hope I'm going to live for longer than fifteen more years. Still, you flatter me. Never stop.

Written By Marian

Aug. 19, 2018, 6:13 p.m.(6/5/1009 AR)

I sail to the North with High Lord Victus. Whatever may come, may the historians note is his fault.

Strike that. I leave after saying goodbye to my children, my family. I know what I now do is important and I leave with hope for success. My will is registered in the Great Archives if I am not. For those who care for me that I did not see before my leaving know that you are in my heart.

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