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Written By Ailith

June 29, 2016, 6:43 a.m.(11/21/1003 AR)

Arx is still incalculably huge, more people than I had seen in my entire life when I was growing up visible down each thronging street. So many of these people are rich, but so many also have flocked to that dream of wealth and ease in the capital only to find themselves sorely disappointed. Bread does not improve their situation but it does at least give them time. Mapping the city on the other hand prevents me from getting lost, or at least I hope so. The capital sprawls out from the central ward:

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Written By Ailith

June 29, 2016, 6:41 a.m.(11/21/1003 AR)

It is important that I do my best not to represent the Faith, not to mention the Crown, positively. Confusing as it might be this does involve learning how the nobility expect to be addressed, degrees of curtsey, the various elaborate tools they use to help establish and maintain their dignity. Writing it down seems to work well to settle things in my mind:

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Written By Morrighan

June 29, 2016, 3:49 a.m.(11/20/1003 AR)

Gareth Grayson... what a very, very awkward man. I can't decide whether to laugh at or pity his social ineptitude. His methods of bestowing compliments are brusque and aggressive, and I'm not certain if he knows how to conduct himself properly. Perhaps the Prince is just very shy and has difficulties expressing himself to other people. Why just the other day he was saying I was uncultured and a savage, and he even went to the extent of writing out his admiration for me. I wonder if he's aware of the saying that the more you're a detestable bastard to someone, the more indicative it is that you're quite taken with them. If the other day is any example to go by, he must like me A LOT. Ah, Prince Inquisitor, I'm afraid I can't return your affections. You're just not the man for me and I don't have time for that. You'll find your Princess, somewhere, someday.

Written By Gareth

June 29, 2016, 2:43 a.m.(11/20/1003 AR)

All it takes to destroy a great house is an assassin, a king's ransom, a Lady in Silk and a scapegoat. It must irk House Thrax greatly to know how close they to going the way of their former lords, House Marion. House Thrax must rely on the inquisition if they hope to have any chance of survival. I suspect they'd rather sell their collective souls to a demon though than put their faith in House Grayson.

Written By Gareth

June 29, 2016, 2:21 a.m.(11/20/1003 AR)

Morrighan.. what an interesting woman to meet. This disgusting excuse for a 'human' will be tolerated, so long as Redrain holds the leash. House Grayson does not forget it's allies, nor its debts.

Written By Alis

June 28, 2016, 8:44 p.m.(11/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Marian

My sister-in-law, and the Sword of House Valardin. She is brave and strong, a woman who was infinitely worthy of my brother's regard. I am both glad that she took Oathbreaker, and that she has come to Arx to be with us. There is much that I know she can teach me, and she is another fierce woman warrior.

Written By Eugine

June 28, 2016, 8:29 a.m.(11/18/1003 AR)

It's my believe people want to and will always live like this, with scores of servants and big manors — which makes men like me necessary. The only reason that we get to continue living like kings is because we've got our fingers on the scales in our favor. I take my hand off and then the whole world gets really fair really quickly, and nobody actually wants that. They say they do, but they don't. They want what I have to give them, but they also want to, I don't know, play innocent and pretend they have no idea where our wealth comes from. Well, that's more hypocrisy than I'm willing to swallow. It's rule or be ruled.

rWe’re all arrogant assholes. Difference is, I admit it, I don’t dress it up and tell myself that I’m a bitch and that that’s a good thing.

Written By Acacia

June 28, 2016, 5:37 a.m.(11/18/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Audric

I'm still not sure what exactly to say about the Captain General, but he certainly left an impression that isn't one quickly forgotten. He's witty and enthusiastic, with just that hint of a vicious side that keeps everything intact. His set of guidelines (because they're not quite morals, and I can't think of a better name), at the very least, is interesting. He's really the kind of person that you could listen to for hours. I have little doubt that he'll probably end up working for someone against me at one point or another, and I don't look forward to that at all, but the times when he isn't might be worth chasing a little. He's that entertaining.

Written By Fergus

June 27, 2016, 10:28 p.m.(11/17/1003 AR)

I had met Arianwen not long after I had come to the city, to say our meeting did not go over very well when she made it sound like I was some cheap noblewoman's duelling dummy, would be an understatement. I stayed away from her in fear my temper may snap and I'd harm her or order her harmed, but I happened upon her in the Training center when I went to watch some training going on. Arianwen happened to be there and she took it upon herself to come up to me and immediately apologize. We re-introduced ourselves to each other, and strange as it may seem, likely a growing friendship might come of the meeting.

Written By Fergus

June 27, 2016, 10:21 p.m.(11/17/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Calista

This witty young noblewoman would surely put some of the proper ladies in the city on edge with her ever so slight scandalous way of dress and talk. This is likely why Fergus seems to enjoy her company so much, as he himself really does not entirely care too much for the Social norms.

Written By Jaenelle

June 27, 2016, 8:51 p.m.(11/17/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Victus

Victus and I understand one another. Yes, he is terrifying and almost ten times larger than I am, but I do enjoy his company. Perhaps because he is one of the few people who seems completely honest and does not attempt to shield me from all of the bad things in life, our conversations end up being quite informative. I do have to ask my handmaiden what some of the more colorful words and terms mean afterwards, but it certainly is a learning experience and I am well equipped should I decide to become a pirate.

Written By Jaenelle

June 27, 2016, 8:33 p.m.(11/16/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Valerius

Valerius is the greatest brother anyone could ever dream of having. As long as you don't expect much. Anything. As long as you don't expect anything. He is charming, yes, but he uses that charm to manipulate all those around him to do the things he himself would rather not. Sometimes I wish he would grow up and see that the world is not always a good place, and because of that he needs to learn to take responsibility seriously! Some day his smile won't work, and I fear for that day.

Written By Jaenelle

June 27, 2016, 8:17 p.m.(11/16/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Margot

It is a difficult thing to tell how much you might miss someone once you are no longer simply in the next room over from them. Perhaps I took Margot for granted, perhaps I did not think at all of what would become of us as I quickly wished to grow up and see a bit more of the world so kept sheltered from me. Seeing her upon my return to the city made many memories come rushing back, those that I had wished would stay away and those I had not realized I had forgotten in the first place. She was never a ward of the Thrax household to me, but more like a trusted sister. Sometimes I think she thinks I am much more delicate than I am, and sometimes I think she is very right as she has always been the strong one between us.

Written By Acacia

June 27, 2016, 7:48 p.m.(11/16/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Dagon

Prince Dagon Thrax is... exceptionally formal. While often times when someone is formal and stately, I want to kind of cut loose and make quips to provide that counterbalance, in the rare times I've been graced by his company, I feel like playing the waters like I usually do is too bold in comparison? I imagine he's a joy when he lets loose and I certainly hope he has that outlet. I can only imagine that at some point such staunch formality has to wear on him too, thinking that perhaps it's all pompous and idiotic, yet seeking that accord all the same. But maybe that's truly his way? He's clearly bright and intelligent, ridiculously handsome to pair with it, but where is the storm? Granted, he must think I'm the most boring commoner ever. I was so clueless as to how to approach him, I just laid it on so thick I'm going to bathing off the butter for weeks to come. But how else do you approach something like that?

Written By Valencia

June 27, 2016, 10:27 a.m.(11/15/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Vercyn

One could make the error of assuming Duke Vercyn Halfshav is a kind, compassionate man of affable disposition. It would be an easy error to make, really. He is startlingly talented at projecting all those things to an excess that would put many Lenosian courtiers to shame. But he is a Halfshav, and it would be foolish for any to forget that, even for a moment. Some errors are costly, indeed.

Written By Valencia

June 27, 2016, 10:23 a.m.(11/15/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Viviana

Viviana was almost set to duel Duke Hadrian Malvici, and what a glorious ass-kicking that would have been. Alas, it turns out that a priest actually altered his White journal, and was punished with the swiftness and unforgiving harshness for which the Scholars of Vellichor are famed. She seems fired up and still eager to duel, I might make use of that still-raging fire, yet.

Written By Valencia

June 27, 2016, 10:20 a.m.(11/15/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Talen

The Sword of Lenosia. It's absolutely no surprise whatsoever that Talen's made something of himself. Uncle Niccolo didn't raise any losers, at least, none that we speak of at any length. Do I regret how I mistreated him as a child? Sometimes, in softer moments. He's got a spine of steel and a diplomatic streak a mile wide as an adult, and I suppose he has me and some of the others to thank in hindsight. Swords tempered in the forges of adversity, and all that. Plus it doesn't hurt that he's grown so handsome, who could pick on him now?

Written By Kima

June 27, 2016, 1:58 a.m.(11/14/1003 AR)

I attended the memorial service for Prince Sherrod. I don't know much of the northern customs, but as far as these things go, his children did right by him. You can't ask much more than that.

To the last.

Written By Valencia

June 26, 2016, 9:18 p.m.(11/14/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Isolde

Isolde has come into her own, and I never saw it coming. Oh the things I have missed, being away. She's charming and caring and cunning all at once, and fiercely loyal to the Velenosa house. The mirrormask business is of course unfortunate, but it likely comes of being the younger sister. It's worked for her certainly, she can grab the attention of just about anyone with that mask, and then hold it with her charm and wit.

Written By Valencia

June 26, 2016, 9:15 p.m.(11/14/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Brianna

I've invited Brianna to stay with me at the Redrain Villa, where I'll be better able to guide her in the ways of the courtier. She's already friendly enough, sometimes to am excess, but there are finer points of etiquette and deportment that could use some work and if I have her trapped in the Redrain estate for a time, it'll be that much harder for her to duck my lessons.

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