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Written By Rymarr

July 19, 2019, 6:49 p.m.(6/28/1011 AR)

Relationship Note on Silas

When he gives a gift, he gives some detailed gifts. The smallest of them is adorably cute. There was considerable effort put into this joke. I mean gift, of course.

It has earned a place on the mantle in my study. There it will reside with the strange, but flattering paintings and all the rest.

Written By Rymarr

July 19, 2019, 6:44 p.m.(6/28/1011 AR)

Relationship Note on Calaudrin

I've received a gift from the good Sir Calaudrin Estardes. There's not a great deal to work with I'm told, but the Velvet Box has shined it up as well as they can.

It's the thought behind it that matters.

Though with that mentality behind it, should I feel insulted?

Oh well. I'll wear it with pride.

Written By Dariel

July 19, 2019, 5:58 p.m.(6/28/1011 AR)

Relationship Note on Miranda

How long has it been since you left? Too long. It feels long. Absence is a strange experience. It's a sharp reminder of that which has become more of a part of life than you might otherwise have realised.

I hope you're relaxing. Actually relaxing. I know better though.

Seriously though. Relax, Floofykins.

Written By Mabelle

July 19, 2019, 5:05 p.m.(6/28/1011 AR)

Relationship Note on Videl

I'm ever pleasantly surprised at the abundance of talent displayed by the citizens of the compact.

In a creepy statue workshop held yesterday, Lady Videl, Lord Martino, Master Sven and Lady Lethe displayed abilities to make statues that will make the creatures in your nightmares crumble in fear.

Lady Videl's work specifically indicated a creative mind and adventurous soul!

Written By Sabine

July 19, 2019, 4:26 p.m.(6/28/1011 AR)

Before I slept last night, I read my bulletins from Iriscal. The county flourishes, my cloth mills spin pure silver from their looms, fattening our coffers. The land we've reclaimed from the wilderness is green and abundant, perfect for the stables and farms whose plans I've had drawn up. I fell asleep smiling, my husband's head tilted against my shoulder, his hand on my hip. Then, this morning, while I lay in bed before the servants drew the curtains open, I was certain I felt the child stir within me. A small touch, like fingertips pressed to a mirror.

The physicians say it is surely too early, this being my first. But I knew. I knew. I have claimed, before, that I prefer satisfaction to happiness but I suspect the glow I felt at that moment held more of the latter... and a great deal of the former. We dare, we prosper.

The world is mine, little Count. And I will make it yours too, while you sleep safe, and grow.

It is time Arvum produced a cloth which compares with fireweave, with steelsilk. In my contentment-- my happiness-- I declare it publicly: Tessere will accomplish this. We have the mills, we have the artisans. No other House can do what we've done, with the fabric arts. We shall do this. I begin planning now, and those who wish to contribute to its creation may reach out, with their offers of support. It's a labour that might take years but all great legacies take time to build.

Written By Lark

July 19, 2019, 4:07 p.m.(6/28/1011 AR)

It is only easy to find grey in situations if you are looking for easy excuses in your own morality and the Gods' decrees. Yes, we are weak and human, but that does not make a situation grey or not. Yes, I want to continue to live. However, if the choice was presented to me that I could only live if I allowed others to become enslaved, I would throw myself on to a sword, trusting in the Queen to weave my soul into the next life as she sees fit.

Written By Alecstazi

July 19, 2019, 3:43 p.m.(6/28/1011 AR)

Despite the more vehement voices of the day, I maintain there is a distinct difference between thralldom and slavery. People like to throw around words saying it is the same but give them a choice between the two, my guess is most would pick thralldom. Slavery removes a person's humanity, rendering them no more than beasts. I do not know the details of the situation that led to Fatima's disgrace, but I know that working with slavers pots a stain on the honor of all Thrax. Victus and the Faith saw fit to grant a path to redemption. There is nothing gray or confusing here. It is the Thrax way.

Written By Duarte

July 19, 2019, 3:19 p.m.(6/28/1011 AR)

I have spent a day and a night in the Shrine of the Sentinel.

I feel collapsing pressure all around me when I look to It's altar. Not a guilty feeling but a sort of sensation just the same I can't fully describe.

It's like a sense that one is alone in control of themself and the Sentinel sees through the excuses we make to pretend this is not the case.

Written By Jasher

July 19, 2019, 2:50 p.m.(6/28/1011 AR)

Relationship Note on Victus

Your Grace, who did you offend to warrant this influx of olives? Eating these would require enough milk to become an honourary Oathlander.

Written By Vanora

July 19, 2019, 1:50 p.m.(6/28/1011 AR)

Relationship Note on Cassima

I am truly fortunate to have a friend as kind and supportive as you are, Highness.

I never take such a thing for granted.

Written By Yvon

July 19, 2019, 11:23 a.m.(6/28/1011 AR)

I question Prince Victus's dedication to ending thralldom.

His credentials as an abolitionist are too obviously, too blatantly cemented. Is the Usurper Prince playing a double game? Are his principles as changeable as the tide? Does he answer, willingly or otherwise, to some hidden, malevolent force? Is he motivated by personal animosity in this matter, by revenge or jealousy?

I don't know. Yet if we cease to question, we cease.

Written By Evonleigh

July 19, 2019, 10:36 a.m.(6/28/1011 AR)

I've never been the scholar my sister is. I do have a love of written words, but I usually want them to spin and dance across the page, with larger-than-life characters making grand, dramatic gestures. Even better if it's a script with a well-written character I can give voice to! But of late, I've been researching a forgotten figure from our past who performed a great service to Arx long ago.

And I've found a pleasure, if not a passion, in piecing together the puzzle that comes in bits and pieces. The most important piece, a name, is a treasure found that can allow the rest of the puzzle to fit around it, I hope.

Thank you to my fellow researchers on this matter. I could not do it without you.

Written By Tyrus

July 19, 2019, 8:39 a.m.(6/28/1011 AR)

I find it difficult to find grey in slavery.

It is the death of freedom, the death of self and the death of hope. Even the last choice one might take, to end one's life by their own hand, is taken away.

For who wants to die a slave when the memory of freedom lingers?

No doubt the reasons are good. Few make such dark choices without convincing themselves the good outweighs the bad.

Those who think so often never felt the bite of chains around their neck.

Written By Tyrus

July 19, 2019, 8:26 a.m.(6/28/1011 AR)

Relationship Note on Lora

Very well. Let it not be said that I cannot be moved by heartfelt pleas.

Henceforth I shall limit the amount of berries I offer.

I shall, however, continue to serve them one at a time, as a proper gift to be cherished and savoured, for it is precisely what they are.

Written By Calaudrin

July 19, 2019, 7:26 a.m.(6/27/1011 AR)

I'm once again deeply concerned for Lord Riagnon's eating habits.

Lord Commander Silas sent me a very unique set of nesting dolls which I've left on the kitchen table for Esoka to look at.

Unfortunately my daughter cries when she sees them, so I might not be able to display them publicly except for special occasions.

Written By Leonaess

July 19, 2019, 2:11 a.m.(6/27/1011 AR)

Many a question buzzes through my mind and perhaps such acts of taking others under your wing comes naturally. Either way, it is a strangeness you present to my life and I welcome it as meeting you has provided new challenges.

I also find that I like the stubble.

Written By Shard

July 19, 2019, 12:53 a.m.(6/27/1011 AR)

Relationship Note on Cassima

I've also heard what happened. And I'm not in the slightest bit conflicted as to what the /right/ action would have been. Lots of situations are messy, and complicated. Lots of decisions are very difficult. This wasn't one.

The only thing that made it 'gray and complex' is that the people it happened to aren't considered to be worth anything. Or, for that matter, to actually be people. The Gods are the gods of everyone, but why would Skald really care about those particular humans, after all?

Written By Elisha

July 19, 2019, 12:09 a.m.(6/27/1011 AR)

Relationship Note on Sparte

A mayfly with mica wings hovers,
then darts away.

Farther down the valley,
a little fog broods.

Each version of this dream conveys a different choice.

A star falls from a bone-white sky
toward an army of the dead.
A bent figure stands among the fallen;
not beckoning for aid but
calling down the star.

That is when you realize
that the stiffening corpses are arranged
to perfectly reflect the constellations
hidden by this heavenly ossuary.

If the crickets ever quiet--
my great-hearted guardian,
my untouchable love--
we might hear a grub burrow beneath
the tarry pine bark
and a salamander
across the limestone gravel
toward the mayfly

who is already

Written By Lysander

July 19, 2019, 12:07 a.m.(6/27/1011 AR)

Ah, the true devastation that comes with a work lost. An experience of glass set in such a beautiful entropy, glittering across the planes of stone. The glitter in the dark. My great work - now nothing but that which cuts scattered across every surface. Perhaps I will seal it up, add a window, and pay people to look upon such devastation with something that drew one away so long. I hardly feel like the same man I was before. Who are these people? Do they remember my face, my voice, or was all given to the work? I can only look forward to finding out.

Written By Raimon

July 18, 2019, 11:34 p.m.(6/27/1011 AR)

There is only one proper way to drink tea. Find a bottle of wine. Throw the tea out. Drink the wine

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