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Written By Monique

Feb. 24, 2020, 1:49 a.m.(10/23/1012 AR)

The pre-games for the Second Annual Tournament of Thorns start today! I can't possibly contain my excitement, and I hope that the socialites and courtiers turn out in force to this social skills tournament, to win the bonus thorns in preparation for the Tournament itself. And, of course, to win a chance at the most decadent cane, designed with sweet Josephine in mind.

Anisha's game is perfect for her, with her air of mystery. Contestants for her neodymium thorn will have to invent for her an origin story, of who she was before she became Anisha Whisper. Creativity and ingenuity, as well as a good story, will be rewarded over believeability. But it doesn't HURT if the story sounds plausible, I'm told.

Princess Alarissa has set her challenge up in the Queensrest Inn, and it's a fearsome one. Contestants will need to convince those austere and picky patrons that they should get her praseodymium thorn.

Lord Dante and his retainer will be quite literally laying around, and drinking wine. Good luck convincing them to get up and hear you out! But if you can, you'll win a brass thorn.

If the spirit of Gild moves you, you'll very much enjoy Archlector Etienne's challenge. Because who doesn't love having to deliver a sermon spur of the moment, under the judging eyes of the Gods (and the Archlector), to claim a golden thorn.

Princess Sabella has an extremely exacting challenge for contestants. For her, you'll need to tell a story. But not just any story! The ending must have a proper twist, enough to impress a Princess of Grayson's high standards and win you her silver thorn.

Once more, Lord Sebastian's game will be a test of the sharpness of one's mind. He has painted a great work (all of his works are great!), which together with a rhyme will give the answer he's looking for: but it won't be an easy task, for art is subjective and riddles can have many answers. But if you find the right one, you'll win his steel thorn.

Perhaps the most dangerous of our social pre-games is Swift Grayhope's challenge. Swift will be setting up at different points in the city and inviting contestants to test their alchemical know-how! Can you claim the copper thorn without staining your hands? We're sure it's not permanent... (we're not sure, actually)

And finally, my game is a choice between three, a choose your own adventure, if you will. Will you persuade my assistant Primus to reach the highest bookshelf for you, to retrieve your lost thorn? Or will you translate an ancient text to find it on your own, lost in the stacks? Or perhaps the Gilded Page's steward-in-training has lost your thorn! If you don't teach her proper stewardship, she may never remember where it went!

I wish the best of fortune to anyone Hunting Thorns. You make this fulfilling for me and I thank you.

<OOC - for pre-game rules, 'bbread events/76'>

Written By Strozza

Feb. 24, 2020, 12:44 a.m.(10/22/1012 AR)

Cats are by far the best animals.

Written By Elloise

Feb. 24, 2020, 12:11 a.m.(10/22/1012 AR)

It is ludicrous to send a foreign duchy to our door to complain about decisions we made on our lands. I'm so deeply offended.

Written By Arcadia

Feb. 24, 2020, 12:03 a.m.(10/22/1012 AR)

Today was Genevieve's first birthday. I didn't realize until it was bedtime and was reminded of the date.

I am glad she's only one and won't remember this failing on my behalf.

Written By Tarik

Feb. 23, 2020, 10:50 p.m.(10/22/1012 AR)

I am still surprise how easy it to get help from people since coming back to the city. I still missed my friend that helped me when I was still new to the city. I hope that she is still safe. I hope that her duties bring her back to the city one day. Legate Ailith stated that she is saving many lives. When she returns, I will be one of the first in a long line to welcome her back.

Written By Rowenova

Feb. 23, 2020, 10:44 p.m.(10/22/1012 AR)

Thank you for the impressive horn from the Templar Auction!

Written By Tarik

Feb. 23, 2020, 10:42 p.m.(10/22/1012 AR)

I spent most of the past two weeks going over notes and doing some work around the Compact. There has been a lot of information I had to digest in the last couple of weeks, and the work provides the coin to continue further research. At least it is not hot anymore.

Written By Briseis

Feb. 23, 2020, 10:35 p.m.(10/22/1012 AR)

Relationship Note on Bianca

Mother Bianca, your festival was a smashing success! I simply had to partake of all the entries!

Though, I may have to restrict myself -- just a touch -- next time. I am still uncertain how I managed to scale that tree, much less sleep in it for an unqualified amount of time. I cannot recall I ever climbed a tree in my life.

I hope Lord Jourdain was not burdened overmuch.

Written By Richard

Feb. 23, 2020, 10:22 p.m.(10/22/1012 AR)

Where is the line between caution and paranoia, I wonder.

Written By Constance

Feb. 23, 2020, 10:20 p.m.(10/22/1012 AR)

I don't care what anyone says: The Northlands has the best cider. The Crownlands get an honorable mention for their blackberry wine.

Written By Appolonia

Feb. 23, 2020, 10:11 p.m.(10/22/1012 AR)

I feel very secure in this undershirt.

Written By Aella

Feb. 23, 2020, 10:06 p.m.(10/22/1012 AR)

Relationship Note on Rosalind

I am lucky to have Rosalind to assist me. Even if she refuses to take responsibilities. I know I can always rely on her. She is one of the best sisters that anyone could ever have.

Written By Shae

Feb. 23, 2020, 9:46 p.m.(10/22/1012 AR)

It has been wonderful having my energy back, not always feeling constantly exhausted and like I might just fall over and pass out right were I stand. It's nice getting to run around and play with the dogs like I used to.

Written By Jaenelle

Feb. 23, 2020, 9:29 p.m.(10/22/1012 AR)

Every morning one of my assistants comes to me to inform me of the day's schedule. At the end of the list, she would always inform me that there were threats made on my life and that I needed to be careful. Some of those meetings were about my life being threatened. It is so refreshing not to have those meetings any longer.

Written By Dianna

Feb. 23, 2020, 8:37 p.m.(10/22/1012 AR)

Relationship Note on Revell

Gods know I wish I could be as honest and open as is this young maiden whom I met, who loves and professes to speak the language of flowers. It is very likely that she does, as well; with all I've known and seen, such a gift would hardly surprise me.

She's lovely company; so very refreshing to hear someone who thinks nothing of uttering her every thought, who keeps neither secrets from herself nor others.

We are all ourselves, though, as I keep reminding myself. Truths are truths; and concessions must be made.

White Journals, regrettably, cannot bear the weight of all things, of all events and thoughts and words - nor, truly, all feelings; and so, there are Black Journals, places where we hide ourselves, our truths - in some ineffable sense of protection for ourselves and those we love.

I hate them, though. I will write it here and now for all to know: I hate the necessity of writing in a Black Journal.

Perhaps it is a strange thing for a Third Reflection to feel, to write, to give freely; but I loathe the fact that I must keep secrets at all.

And yet, I keep them, will continue keeping them, guilt-ridden both in the keeping and in the desire to reveal.

I'm quite sure that there is nothing worse than being pulled in such a way by two sides of an argument. And yet, it is my task and my way - as Third Reflection to Tehom, a Mirrormask with eternity bouncing back-and-forth within my head.

At least, I can see and revel in the innocence and purity in her.

Written By Kedehern

Feb. 23, 2020, 8:15 p.m.(10/22/1012 AR)

Pirates. Just bandits in another form. A scourge, to be sure.

Written By Strozza

Feb. 23, 2020, 8:09 p.m.(10/22/1012 AR)

Appropriate to be given lessons in footwork and avoiding strikes in the garden of a man who instructed my instructor.

Written By Rosalind

Feb. 23, 2020, 8:04 p.m.(10/22/1012 AR)

Relationship Note on Triton

My twin! My brother! My other half! Come back here soon! There are women for you to swoon, lots of trouble for you to--well, you know! The point is I miss you a lot and my visit with you wasnt near enough when I there!

Written By Rey

Feb. 23, 2020, 8 p.m.(10/22/1012 AR)

I seem to be struggling with trying to find someone that is willing to give me lessons in Alchemy and being an Apothecary. I can only hope that I will eventually find a kind person that will be happy to give me lessons.

Written By Rosalind

Feb. 23, 2020, 7:59 p.m.(10/22/1012 AR)

Relationship Note on Aella

Your bird is obnoxious! Can I have one? And can we a sailing adventure soon?!

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