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Written By Tobias

April 29, 2017, 11:30 p.m.(5/14/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Lazarus

A sad way to go out.

Written By Valerion

April 29, 2017, 10:53 p.m.(5/14/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Lark

The beautiful, charming High Lord with humility and respect in spades.

Written By Valerion

April 29, 2017, 10:48 p.m.(5/14/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Lark

Beautiful and charming High Lord who carries herself with respect.

Written By Calaudrin

April 29, 2017, 10:12 p.m.(5/14/1006 AR)

Yesterday Guardsmen Thena and myself canvassed the lower boroughs to try and track down where an illness was spreading from. We met up with several other individuals who were doing the same thing, Princess Ann, Princess Sophie, Princess Seva. A lot of princesses. A lot. Also a knight by the name of Armel who I've recently learned is the newest Grandmaster of the Knights of Solace. So just us and a bunch of very important people, a very normal day.

There was a dead woman, but I didn't go to see her because I don't like to deal with dead people. I was briefly concerned that an assistant named Fulbert was some sort of undead thing, but he wasn't. He was just a guy who didn't know anything and clearly needed to get some sun.

And then.... well, lets just fast forward to the part where I was covered in rats. Rats. Covered in rats. I've never been so glad to be a walking tin can as I was that day.

Regular crime. Just want some regular crime again.

Written By Edward

April 29, 2017, 10:09 p.m.(5/14/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Carita

I appreciate the company you provide when I am deep in the cups. At least I am hopeful that part of that company ensures I do not make an ass of myself in some public manner that becomes a spectacle.

And the dress was lovely.

Written By Edward

April 29, 2017, 9:26 p.m.(5/14/1006 AR)

Bad things always carry a weight. Some more weighty than others. But it helps to have someone who is willing, even if for a little while, to help carry the burden of that weight.

Written By Anze

April 29, 2017, 9:11 p.m.(5/14/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Asger

You're making this siege very entertaining for me. I haven't had this many good things to make jokes about in a long long time.

Written By Katarina

April 29, 2017, 8:12 p.m.(5/13/1006 AR)

It is not often that I find myself with the time to stop and think about the things that have happened to me over this past year; from my nineteenth until this very moment where I sit contemplating just how much things have changed within a year. The things I have witnessed... the things I have done... I would do them again and again, with no regrets.

Written By Thena

April 29, 2017, 7:04 p.m.(5/13/1006 AR)

I've known on a purely practical level that things have been strange and wrong here. Officer Estardes is always going on about how he wishes we had 'regular crime' to deal with. Sparte has a lantern that detects Bringers. I hear about all the bizarre attacks at weddings and parties and prayers. Hell, one of my cousins has been attacked by a demon lord; another the chosen of the Queen of Endings. But I wasn't present for these events. I never saw them.

The rats under the city, though...that's when I finally realized. Some of them were regular rats but some were large, uncanny, harder to kill, smarter perhaps. All I had to see was that little sliver of weirdness and now it occurs to me that there may be something less than life, something worse than death in the coming battle. It's not just about whether I wake up the next day.

I also discovered that my new armor is effective against rodents. Even unnatural ones.

Written By Lailah

April 29, 2017, 5:55 p.m.(5/13/1006 AR)

"We win glory"

These three simple words are the words of my house. Of Bisland. On the face it is a simple declaration of martial prowess, but it is so much more than that. Our sigil is a roaring yellow lion, and our home is called Pridehall. My life was spent traveling between my two homes in Pridehall and Arx both. We spent much of our lives in Arx, in service to the crown. Never in all of our history, have we strayed from our sworn duty, to our service to Grayson and the compact.

Pridehall, so named for a family of lions, as is our sigil, is more than about pride, or power. It is a symbol of devotion, of loyalty to our allies and family. It represents all that we hold dear. More than the glory of battle, more than our might, we hold ourselves loyal to the crown, to Grayson, and to each other. My family is the most important thing to me, and I would throw that away for nothing, not for money, power, or love.

I've had to do some reflection on love in these last few days. Some say that they would do anything for their love, and I believe most mean it to a degree, but there is always the line that one has, that they must choose to betray themselves, or their heart. Hearts are foolish and care nothing for fealty, of loyalty or oaths taken over centuries. If there is one thing about me that is unwavering, and non negotiable it is my devotion to my family, the crown, and the compact. I will not let any insult to the integrity of my honor stand. I will not listen to my family belittled and disrespected, and I will not stand behind any that would even suggest that the enemies of Grayson are not their own enemies.

Bisland is a proud house. We win glory, and we stand behind the crown, and all the sons and daughters stand united, as loyal and unbreaking as any. If there are any left that would take my hand, know this: I am a Bisland by blood and virtue until the day of my death, no matter my name. An insult to my family, is an insult to me. I am loyal to Grayson and the crown. Their wars are my wars, period. They should also be yours. My loyalty is not for sale, and there is nothing you can offer that will change this. Not for money, not for power rank or title, and certainly not for something as ephemeral as romantic love.

Written By Calypso

April 29, 2017, 5:16 p.m.(5/13/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Antonio

When I find a mind who shows the capability of thinking three or four steps ahead of the current situation, I do my best to keep them close. Prince Antonio is one to watch. I'm glad it only took our second meeting to find common ground. I look forward to being able to lean on his intelligence in the future.

Written By Aislin

April 29, 2017, 5:08 p.m.(5/13/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Niamh

How do I even begin to describe this woman? The little things she does to show how she feels?

Someone who strives so hard to make my life an adventure, even when I'm trapped within the walls.

She caught my heart the first time by turning my treehouse into the wider world, setting up a campsite, and inviting me off on a journey to ride a griffin to faraway lands -- across the sea to Eurus, or past the wastes to Cardia. To see the far realms that only a handful of Arvani have ever glimpsed. The same sort of adventures I used to have as a child, riding my griffin Cloudstriker to distant lands.

And now... now a book. Most of the pages missing, telling a story of a necklace she gave me. Setting an adventure through a forgotten myth, a trail of puzzles and riddles to follow to assemble the tale.

Someday, I need to find what will fill her heart with hope -- with life -- the same way she fills mine with these gestures. To show her how much she truly means to me.

Written By Cara

April 29, 2017, 5:03 p.m.(5/13/1006 AR)

My assistant is reminding me that I said I would write a journal about this, because I promised my mother in my last letter that I would -- I am expecting a child in the late summer, everything is going well, and I feel fine.

I have a new appreciation for what my own mother went through, which I am sure is the point of her reminder to write it down, and so:

Yes, Mother, you were right.

Written By Cara

April 29, 2017, 4:22 p.m.(5/13/1006 AR)

One of the things that I study most keenly is diplomacy, and the art of finding common ground; and yet it is likely one of the most challenging skills to master, as far as I'm concerned, because the gods know there are times when my temper is most thoroughly tried.

It is ever important to remember to respond with grace and calm demeanor, for certainly to do otherwise is to invite scorn and malice. On the other hand, grace and decorum in the face of provocation can be spun as inaction or lack of will -- and will certainly be painted that way by one's detractors.

I muse on this subject often: to be politic, or to be honest. My brother never shied away from brutal honesty, something which I confess I often envied in him, even as I put pen to paper writing apologies and soothing hurt feelings.

Perhaps my tolerance for those who lie to me, who attempt to bully me, or to otherwise coerce and control me without the proper bounds of fealty between us has grown tattered of late. There's a limit to what any person might endure without comment. I pray I do not meet that limit somewhere public, and do something disgraceful like hurl a teapot at the head of a High Lord, or dump wine onto an idiot's lap.

It would not do for it to be revealed that I am only human, too, after all.

Written By Carita

April 29, 2017, 3:10 p.m.(5/13/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Sameera

She's so quiet until she has something to say. I'm not saying that to be overly mysterious, just stating the truth. If you've met her - you know.

Written By Carita

April 29, 2017, 3:06 p.m.(5/13/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Ariel

An amazing closet. A sister by choice. Bubbly and vibrant. I sincerely hope she realizes that she's a catch. I also hope that she realizes that I'm aimed in the direction of her position within the ranks the moment she finds someone that will make us a decent ally, and her a happy-go-lucky noble in pretty things.

Written By Carita

April 29, 2017, 3:04 p.m.(5/13/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Mailys

A petite bundle of joy and vibrant energy. Open-hearted and welcoming. She has an amazing closet (most certainly on par with Ariel's) and she has the most infectious smile. Seriously, walk up to Mailys and just try to be in a bad mood. You'll fail. Except for Lord Darrow. He would remain unmoved because we all know that his heart is basalt. However, I digress. Mailys is perfectly lovely and I look forward to being better friends with her.

Written By Carita

April 29, 2017, 2:56 p.m.(5/13/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Edward

Fixture at the Ebb and Flow. Although, I hope if he is planning on his experiment to travel to the other taverns and inns around the city that he keeps me in mind for the escapade. Friendly face. Good conversation. Lover of cheese. Sometimes good mannered, sometimes not. Which, I think, is good because if there's any place you're allowed to act like yourself - it's an inn.

Written By Gisele

April 29, 2017, 2:54 p.m.(5/13/1006 AR)

An illuminated page.

The tail of a comet winds (in unrealistic parabolas) through a misty darkness spangled with constellations of spun-glass hearts (shattered) and green gaping maws (hungry) and obsidian-clasped mirrors (blessedly empty). It streaks towards the lower right of the page and there its head becomes a starburst limned in gold-leaf.

Written By Carita

April 29, 2017, 2:51 p.m.(5/13/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Charlaine

Soft-spoken, kind-hearted. She likes books. She didn't mind that I tugged her around town from shop to shop, and she has the makings of being a good friend. Although there's an aspect of her personality in there, I think, somewhere ... that lets us know that she's most certainly Count Blanchard's daughter.

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