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Written By Shard

Jan. 22, 2019, 2:34 a.m.(6/7/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Octavia

You're right, I don't know how to rule, not like nobles do. I never had any reason or opportunity to learn something like that. But from what I've seen (and experienced) of battlefield surgery, cutting out an arrowhead isn't remotely simple. It's messy, extremely painful, and might well kill you. Often the wound has to be cauterized, and it will scar. But if you don't remove it, it will continue to cut, and fester, until eventually you might die of it anyway.

The battlefield is not a place for simple answers. People die with every single order you give. Wars are won or lost on decisions made. And having been on those battlefields and given my share of orders, having faced the enemy, I can tell you they're only getting stronger.

Written By Helle

Jan. 22, 2019, 1:16 a.m.(6/7/1010 AR)

Melancholy and the Beast

On a night as dismal as any other, he shook her to her hidden core. Her very real core. Her blood was metallic. It wasn't slow and sluggish within her. Pain is always real, but now it fades. It was only a Dream.

Beast. No man are you.

Written By Octavia

Jan. 21, 2019, 7:11 p.m.(6/6/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Shard

If you are going to be acknowledged as the last of a noble line from a far away land, you would do well to educate yourself about the burden of rule and how very few problems have simple answers like they do on the battlefield.

Written By Margot

Jan. 21, 2019, 6:30 p.m.(6/6/1010 AR)

If one sits around waiting for a solution to fall into their lap they will die of old age, starvation or war.

Presented with a platter of unpleasant choices one should choose the one they can stomach most or go into the kitchen and make a new option for themselves.

Written By Sabella

Jan. 21, 2019, 5:34 p.m.(6/6/1010 AR)

I have heard it repeated many a times these past weeks that we have lost our great protector, Copper, and that there are never be another like her. I admit, I did not really know of her, except what I learned through some old stories and Princess Sorrel's operas. And those all make her seem formidable, someone who stood up for others who would not or could not do so for themselves. Someone who was an unknown savior, who worked not for pride or acclaim, but to see good win out over evil. A true hero, perhaps the truest kind, one not honestly known until they are gone and their good works laid bare.

I have no doubt that she has left large boots to fill, but for those that shake their heads and say that we shall never see another like her, I don't know that I agree. Surely there will never be another Copper, but when there is a need for heroes that is where they rise up. Maybe to great acclaim like Alarice or subtle whispers like Copper, but there is always someone to take up the mantle of the downtrodden. To stand against the shadows and create light and hope where there is none. To be the inspiration for the next generation of stories that inspire those who might otherwise stand by to lift their voices and swords against atrocity and evil.

There might never be another Copper, but there will be someone else. Maybe a great many someone elses. Maybe someone reading this now or years down the line! Our world is expanding and we live in a time of marvel's and wonders!

And there is still hope.

Written By Bliss

Jan. 21, 2019, 5:17 p.m.(6/6/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Verity

These forces aren't exactly the kind to negotiate. Each of them is only held at bay by the threat of the other - these aren't really offers which they are presenting, but demands. They have sweetened the pot as much as they will go because the last thing either would want is to be undercut by the other. Otherwise, they would have done so at the Assembly.

Our options are on the table. Unless we actively find something better to present to them, this is the reality of what will come to pass. Optimism is all well and good, but it needs to be tempered with understanding the totality of the situation.

Written By Evaristo

Jan. 21, 2019, 2:31 p.m.(6/6/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Mirella

But I don't. I don't have a stock of wine.

This is devastating and sad.

Written By Peri

Jan. 21, 2019, 12:17 p.m.(6/6/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Orrin

A fierce protector of freedom

Written By Peri

Jan. 21, 2019, 12:06 p.m.(6/6/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Orrin

parent,My father. A fierce protector of freedom.

Written By Amund

Jan. 21, 2019, 12:04 p.m.(6/6/1010 AR)

Ultimately, one hopes that those who are endowed to make the choices that affect the rest of us remember the strengths of each and are led by reason, rather than ideals, misguided or not. Ideals may exist outside of reality. Bread does not. And everybody has to eat.

Written By Peri

Jan. 21, 2019, 12:03 p.m.(6/6/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Maru

family,My grand uncle. He has had many adventures! Maybe one day I will get to go on one with him!

Written By Amund

Jan. 21, 2019, 11:51 a.m.(6/6/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Preston

Your assumption is that the ways of the people and their culture will cease to exist when there are external pressures. You give the Arvani too little credit. It doesn't matter who the overlord is. Banners will always change with conquest and diplomacy. What won't is how people go about their business. That, in the end, is culture. It's intrinsic to the way people live.

Written By Peri

Jan. 21, 2019, 11:46 a.m.(6/6/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Orrin

parent,My father. A fierce protector of freedom.

Written By Archeron

Jan. 21, 2019, 9:51 a.m.(6/6/1010 AR)

All these choices have draw backs. All have advantages. We just need to fully understand them.

Written By Sophie

Jan. 21, 2019, 9:32 a.m.(6/6/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Bliss

Whomever said to you "May you live in interesting times." Can you please ask them to spread it out more?
All at once is a little much, don't you think?

We are all stretched to our limits. I'm not sure how much more we can handle.

Written By Verity

Jan. 21, 2019, 9:27 a.m.(6/6/1010 AR)

Everyone is debating the merits of the offers on the table by our foreign allies; as they should! But as any of our diplomats should be able to advice: the ifrst offer is rarely the one that's cemented in the treaty. You can look at the broad strokes, and then begin negotiation to get the more favorable deal.

Written By Archeron

Jan. 21, 2019, 8:55 a.m.(6/5/1010 AR)

It is a hard choice placed before the Assembly - on such an important matter it is clear that the Duchess alone speaks for Tyde, she will make our position clear.

What I will say though is that people quite rightly talk of some of the choices in front of us being unacceptable because it sacrifices customs and practices that are long established, and they do not wish to do that. To accept the end of Thralldom, to the Isles, is to accept that same thing. To surrender an old custom, an old practice, at the request of those not known to us. I say this not advocating either way, but it must be considered that to the Isles, this is the same as some of those routes the Mainlanders say are unacceptable.

We must also consider the cost. Remember the horror when Kennex did as it did? There are only a handful of houses in Thrax that do not practice Thralldom in any form. It took the resources of the Compact, including the others of Thrax, to control that situation. And it was not just a cost in silver, but in people as people felt worried at such rapid change, as people who society had removed, where Thralldom had provided an option other than summary execution, were returned to society they had already proven they could not live within. Deaths occured. More were avoided by the spreading of that pressure, by former Thralls being taken in. We were glad to help.

Thrax has its own holdings. It has three duchies. It has marches under those. Over 25 counties under that. Over 80 baronies. Imagine over 100 Kennexs. All at once. And with the support Thrax gave removed, as it would be dealing with its own issues. Essentially 1/5th of the Compact is removed, likely struggling to muster forces for more than enforcing order in their own lands. The cost of avoiding major unrest, the resources put in to stabilise - because we cannot have the resources to mitigate the damage as we did with Kennex when so many occur at once - would likely take a great deal away from the other 4/5ths of the Compact's ability to muster new companies of men to fight.

It is complex. It is serious. It is hard.

I am glad this is a choice for the High Lords, for it will take broad shoulders and strong backs to bear the weight of these choices.

Written By Lisebet

Jan. 21, 2019, 8:41 a.m.(6/5/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Pharamond

I had an interesting discussion with Lord Pharamond yesterday about adventures, risk taking and the duties of a House Sword.

I am not sure how likely it is that I will be the safe one who doesn't cause him to take risks. I'm not sure that doing the right thing will allow that. However, I shall certainly do my best.

Not necessarily to be safe, though surely that will always play a role. But to do the right thing.

Written By Audric

Jan. 21, 2019, 7:13 a.m.(6/5/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Brady

I've given him a potentially amusing job. It might kill him! Probably not. I also haven't told him the real prize if he succeeds. Let's see what happens!

Written By Felicia

Jan. 21, 2019, 4:53 a.m.(6/5/1010 AR)

The first free human kingdom of Arvum was founded by those who had fled slavery in the East. Freed from their bonds by the Great Lone Wolf, also known as Skald. And by those who remember those times, humanity is considered to be the Children of the First Choice.

The legacy of our history, and our freedom, extends further than the Reckoning, and has been fought and paid for in blood for more generations than most of us realize.

Let us not disgrace our collective history by submitting to slavery now.

The path ahead will not be easy, but at least when we return to the Wheel we can hold our heads up high and tell Death Herself that we lived free.

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