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Written By Bliss

Sept. 18, 2019, 12:49 a.m.(11/9/1011 AR)

You would think people who think they are close to me would know me better than this.

Let it burn. It doesn't fucking matter, anyway. Life goes on, and better to shrug it off and keep going.

Written By Arcadia

Sept. 18, 2019, 12:44 a.m.(11/9/1011 AR)

Relationship Note on Rysen

Please do. I can think of a hundred things I can do with your wolf that can make scream like a little girl.

Written By Willow

Sept. 17, 2019, 8:39 p.m.(11/8/1011 AR)

Relationship Note on Rysen

I have to see it. In a way it would be perfect as she shot one down that was lunging at me and I am assuming it is the same one gifted. Still, if you think it looked wild with red eyes, imagine them black. I still shudder when thinking of the sight of that thing loping and leaping at me. Never have I been happier for Arcadia's bravery and irrepressible spirit than when she came swinging out of those trees shooting.

Written By Caspian

Sept. 17, 2019, 8:08 p.m.(11/8/1011 AR)

Public commentary requested here, what kind of auction would people like to see? Art? Clothing and jewelry? Weapons? A mix of all four? I want to hold an auction to benefit newly freed thralls, but this would be the first time I've ever ran my own auction.

Written By Arman

Sept. 17, 2019, 6:44 p.m.(11/8/1011 AR)

I'd like to take a moment to commit to record the efforts of the rather substantial and exceptional group of individuals who made it possible to turn the tides of war on the horizon along the Crownlands/Lyceum border and instead make way for the beginning of talks of peace and a better future for all who inhabit the Lyceum's Northeastern territories.

Foremost, I would like to acknowledge Duchess Grazia Rubino's continued efforts both diplomatically and economically to assure the safety of Rubino & Zaffria's fealty house, House Gallo. Her decisions have been the mainstay of these diplomatic talks and I applaud her leadership in the face of not only a violent outside threat, but also whispers of inner-house turmoil.

I'd like to offer my appreciation to Lady Miranda Rubino for sharing her experiences and knowledge of interactions with Abandoned tribes as well as her continued efforts toward peace and prosperity.

Princess Saoirse Velenosa and Prince Gaspar Velenosa, while not directly involved in the peace talks with the Abandoned tribes, each played an invaluable role in assuring the local house's needs were met and peace was kept during the summit rather than allowing disdain destroy our hopes for the future.

Baroness Lucita Saik as always showed her devotion to the Lyceum and all of its houses, large and small. The Baroness has extensive diplomatic experience and brought that knowledge to the table in the dealings with another strife filled situation with the Abandoned.

Countess Tyche Inverno lent her grace and silver tongue in the field of diplomacy to the discussions and proved herself a valued diplomat and one capable of handling tumultuous situations no matter the core of the issue. The Countess was quick to offer her aid to these talks and her presence was both valuable and appreciated.

House Mazetti was perhaps one of the most vocal and forthright in lending their aid toward peace along Lycene borders and I wish to state my appreciation to to them, but in specific Marquessa Cambria, Marquis-Consort Hadrian and Lady Antea. While I was initially resistant to the idea of reinforcing our military escort, I am happy I accepted the advice of the Marquis-Consort and welcomed the aid of Ostria's troops given the substantial force we arrived to on behalf of the Abandoned. While we did not come to blows, the possibility of such could have arisen. I'd also like to commend Lady Antea on her leadership and ability to work side by side with Harlex Valtyr.

Harlex Valtyr, the Sword of Lenosia and General of the Crimson Blades, provided us with the primary security force and spearheaded the leadership of all military personnel while working side by side with both the Lenosia Diplomatic Escort cavalry as well as Lady Antea who oversaw Ostria's II Hydra Legion.

Whisper House was kind enough to lend us the extensive expertise of the Eldest Whisper Emrys as well as the blossoming talent of Apprentice Whisper Maja Darling. While Eldest Emrys provided us with the staunch mainstay of countless years of diplomatic experience, young Maja Darling offered an empathetic perspective leaning on her amiability and gentle touch. Via their converse tactics, they helped tremendously in setting the stage for continued negotiation.

While our diplomatic party consisted primarily of members of the Peerage, it was the aid of my proteges Thorn and Mailys Corsetina that I feel helped close the divide in cultural inclinations between us and the Abandoned alongside Maja Darling. They approached the situation from a place of observation and subtly maneuvered their charms in compliment to the sensitivities of the Abandoned present.

While negotiations have only just begun and the promise of everlasting peace still rests on the horizon, it is this collection of people who stepped to the fore against abysmal odds and the fear of attack potentially leading to their deaths. It is they who brought hope to the idea of peace and it is they I thank for their work, their fearlessness and their faith that we could bring this matter to rest. Together.

~For the Lyceum.~

Written By Willow

Sept. 17, 2019, 2:35 p.m.(11/8/1011 AR)

I am looking forward to the next Assembly of Peers. The last one was just...a lot. You feel so much energy with that many people gathered together, too. It feels like anything could happen.

Written By Monique

Sept. 17, 2019, 1:36 p.m.(11/8/1011 AR)

Relationship Note on Etienne

I'd like to take a moment today to congratulate the Archlector of Gild, a man more intoxicating than whisky. Three years is a long time to survive me. Today we celebrate the best decision he ever made.

Written By Rysen

Sept. 17, 2019, 12:24 p.m.(11/8/1011 AR)

Prince Artur Redrain had given us a large, stuffed wolf, apparently from Twilight Dale, as a wedding gift. The taxidermist did an excellent job, and Prince Artur even had its eyes replaced with rubies, which, as if it didn't look savage enough in its posture and with its fangs bared, also makes it look diseased and bloodthirsty. It's pretty creepy, but I love it.

Mikani has taken to hiding this stuffed wolf in various places to scare me. It's big, so this is no easy task, but Mika has gotten creative. Once she used some rope to hang it from the door of our chamber, so that when I got home (drunk, because Lady Monique and her protege Delia Whisper were offering Stonedeep whiskey, and in the Northlands it is an unforgivable crime to turn down such fine spirits), I opened the door and this hideous wolf swung down upon me. I'm not saying I screamed - it was more like a battle cry, and I wasn't scooting backwards in a panic, I was preparing to kick my assailant.

The incident had a happy ending in so far as I've never heard Mikani laugh so hard, and my battle cry was apparently enough to wake up Rukhnis, who, after staring at me with her beady eyes and shaking her head in what most certainly was not disappointment at my noble reaction to the wolf's ambush, she brewed me some of her disgusting but potent hangover tea, and I woke up the next morning with not so much as a headache.

I'm thinking about regifting the wolf to Countess Arcadia in a really nice big box from Lottie's with a pink bow.

Written By Miranda

Sept. 17, 2019, 8:20 a.m.(11/7/1011 AR)

Relationship Note on Vitalis

I don't want to wallow in comfort, my Lord. I want to feel it's breath upon my face.

After a battle or a diplomatic mission or just after some stressful times, comfort should not be elusive.

That's all I'm saying.

Thanks to my Pookie, however, some comfort has been restored.

Written By Dariel

Sept. 17, 2019, 6:27 a.m.(11/7/1011 AR)

Relationship Note on Miranda

I suppose we need to hammock more often then to celebrate this verbification! It's good to relax in one with some good company, Floofykins.

Are you feeling any less lost today or is there more pacing that I need to be notified about?

Written By Catalana

Sept. 17, 2019, 4:05 a.m.(11/7/1011 AR)

It is less than a week until the house, gild, group, organisational leadership ball (what a mouthful!) I am so excited to share what Lord Martino and I have dreamt up and have a chance for everyone to mingle and talk in a relaxed and friendly manner.

Plus the fashion. I am so super excited to see everyone's newest creations. That reminds me I should get my own dress sorted.

Written By Arcadia

Sept. 16, 2019, 7:22 p.m.(11/6/1011 AR)

Tonight it came to my attention that I am considered rambunctious, trouble and mischief. And look.There has been a few incidents lately where I could see people would think that. But, it wasn't my fault. Promise.

Written By Miranda

Sept. 16, 2019, 5:52 p.m.(11/6/1011 AR)

Relationship Note on Dariel

We have made 'hammock' a verb.

Love you, Pookie.

Written By Vitalis

Sept. 16, 2019, 4:25 p.m.(11/6/1011 AR)

Relationship Note on Miranda

Comfort is a trap, Lady Miranda. Be wary of its pull.

Written By Shae

Sept. 16, 2019, 2:34 p.m.(11/6/1011 AR)

Relationship Note on Amari

There is a lot to be said for family, and I have the best one there is. I always look forward to when I get to spend time with Amari, and this morning was great. A nice bright moment to help get the day started.

Written By Miranda

Sept. 16, 2019, 1:35 p.m.(11/6/1011 AR)

Relationship Note on Monique

When Lady Monique offered up some of her personal possessions, I saw a landscape in oils and thought: "This is just what I need. To help me relax, to help me focus my attention..." And, so, I sent a missive and was granted this artwork.

...

It is more than I imagined. More lovely, more thought-provoking, more provocative than I expected!

I am in love with this artwork.

My Lady, my deepest, most heartfelt thanks to you.

It is a wonder.

Written By Delilah

Sept. 16, 2019, 1:34 p.m.(11/6/1011 AR)

With friends like these, the world feels crisp and cozy, wreathed in woodsmoke and breathing with the effervescent depths of nutmeg, scorched cardamom, brassy cinnamon, and soul-warming brown sugars.

Written By Reigna

Sept. 16, 2019, 12:49 p.m.(11/6/1011 AR)

I think the Festival was a great success! Was it worth the loss of half our front grounds to grow and decorate a massive maze of corn? I think it was! The repairs to the lawns will take some time, but I am confident that by next summer all will be well again. And it was *fun*. I am so tired, but it is a fatigue tinged in joy and pride in a job well accomplished.

Seeing the children issuing the final challenge was so hilarious! Poor Lady Greenmarch... I should have warned her. But we got to witness such delights and there was so much laughter -- it was the laughter and the look on people's faces having a good time that made it all more than worth it. Marie got to bask in the adulations of those present.. which means it is likely time to give her another raise lest she leave us... There was cider, fresh and hard cider from last year's crop. It was just... lovely. The prayers to Petrichor and Lagoma went well, the idol burned, sending our prayers up to heavens and I am left feeling peace. At least for a little while.

It was a grand evening and I am going to take two days to bask in my success.

Well. One day. The Wellness Festival begins in two days. At least for that I have Rukhnis to rely on for the first few days.

Written By Rafael

Sept. 16, 2019, 11:14 a.m.(11/6/1011 AR)

Pridehall was well-represented at House Grayson's recent fealty dinner. What an excellent way to catch up on goings-on, especially for those not yet acclimated to life at Arx.

Written By Miranda

Sept. 16, 2019, 9:14 a.m.(11/6/1011 AR)

I am feeling lost these days...

Comfort is a slippery thing... I feel it for a moment, then it's gone.

Not sure what to do...

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