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Written By Merek

Feb. 27, 2017, 10:50 p.m.(1/3/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Elrych

The First Knight for Demura is a man of few words, but respectful. And I like that he holds well to his beliefs.

Written By Ainsley

Feb. 27, 2017, 10:46 p.m.(1/3/1006 AR)

You know. My female lovers may be upset when they find out that I only sleep with men. I'm not sure why I didn't know this. I'm so glad someone finally told me!

Written By Cara

Feb. 27, 2017, 10:30 p.m.(1/3/1006 AR)

If the Valardin ever decide to pursue sailing as a major interest, I know just where to find plenty of wind.

Written By Tristram

Feb. 27, 2017, 10:20 p.m.(1/3/1006 AR)

Insofar as Prince Ainsley sees fit to bring up my White Journals, which I write as a religious obligation, perhaps here is the best place to mount a defense. He refers to my earlier musings on the different forms of love that I have encountered in my travels, and a wistful longing that I could love all of the three women who at the time interested me, honestly, fairly, and openly. It also states that I doubt I will ever see such a thing in my lifetime.

I am a member of the royal House Valardin. My responsibility as a noble is to marry in order to strengthen my family, and to father children to increase its numbers; made even more important due to the events of the Tragedy. There are many forms of love out there--and many which are not something a noble can ever sanctify with marriage, given the demands places on us by our role. For example, while Prince Ainsley's style of love is possible for him because the Graysons are so numerous and as such procreation need not be his concern, even if it were my *preference*, I do not have that same luxury.

Lest in some way this seem a slight to Prince Ainsley, let it be known: I cared very greatly for Lord Pietro and highly approved of their match. I proved that *directly* to Prince Ainsley on at least one occasion, when I helped Pietro with a delicate matter, for no gain of my own but the care I had for him.

*Because* I do not have that same luxury, *because* I must either father children for my family, or be a match for another family in a way that strengthens the Valardin line, any musings or wistful desires I might have and express here before Vellichor are just that--musings. I believe most people in the world have met more than one person they *could* love, and would if they could. Some of them do so--with a spouse, but an arrangement that the partners might see others. How many bastards, fathered? How many affairs, destroying lives and lines and causing wars? Not for me this dishonor, this besmirching, this cause for chaos.

So: being unable to love more than one person openly, and being unwilling to lie or dishonor a spouse that I *do* wish to have, I will always remain true to the one who marries me. It should *also* be noted, because I am certain that Prince Ainsley imagines otherwise, that I have taken no lover, made no promises, had no relations beyond kissing, with anyone--noble, commoner, or otherwise--since I arrived in Arx roughly six months ago. Nor do I intend to, until I marry. I wish nothing to cause my future spouse, or their family, to have any doubt whatsoever about my love and commitment to them.

Written By Waldemai

Feb. 27, 2017, 9:54 p.m.(1/2/1006 AR)

Met a young fellow named Owain Llywelyn, a soldier by trade. He gave me some good coaching up in case I need to use one of my hammers in a fight. He pretty much convinced me that I'm never going to be a soldier, but, like he says, the trick is to not be the slowest fellow running away. Seems like a level-headed chap, and I wouldn't mind standing him an ale so long as we didn't get fighting drunk, cuz if we did I'd be looking for my guts on the floor in no time flat.

Written By Qaali

Feb. 27, 2017, 7:57 p.m.(1/2/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Percephon

When is a feather not a feather? What is truth? Gods, my head. I hope it doesn't throw off my aim. Worse yet, maybe there's only so much I can make room in my head for, and something will have to be pushed out.

Written By Luis

Feb. 27, 2017, 5:08 p.m.(1/2/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Magden

Rats terrify me.
I am not the only one, though.
Be magnanimous.

Written By Ailys

Feb. 27, 2017, 4:50 p.m.(1/2/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Valkieri

Met with you to discuss our houses wishes, not certain what the future holds.

Written By Eirene

Feb. 27, 2017, 4:28 p.m.(1/2/1006 AR)

So apparently the Thraxians are letting women crew their own raiding ships now. Only makes sense. There's a goddess of the sea so why not let her own gender ride her? That sounded dirty... I wasn't trying to do that, honestly.

Written By Serafine

Feb. 27, 2017, 4:16 p.m.(1/2/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Talen

Oh, I'm going to, your highnASS.

This is going to be fun!

Written By Valery

Feb. 27, 2017, 4:10 p.m.(1/2/1006 AR)

No one is going to convince me that fighting for something so stupid is a good idea.

Written By Valerius

Feb. 27, 2017, 3:44 p.m.(1/2/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Lark

She called me tolerable. I think this is the beginning of a great friendship.

Written By Killian

Feb. 27, 2017, 3:20 p.m.(1/2/1006 AR)

As if in answer to my worry at my lack of direction or purpose, the new year has come, and with it, a new hope and new possibilities. I pray that it will be the turning point in this darkness that we so desperately need. I pray that I will be able to be of help to it. I fear that I may have to give up all that I hold dear, especially the one I most love, in order to serve them and protect them..but if that is the price demanded of me, it is one I will pay, and gladly, to see them safe even if I buy them but a moment longer for peace and happiness in the doing.

Written By Ailys

Feb. 27, 2017, 3:11 p.m.(1/2/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Aleksei

A competent knight, I hope to watch you more often. Though you kicked my brothers arse, you did so without much insult, your grace and honor shone well in the arena.

Written By Driskell

Feb. 27, 2017, 3:07 p.m.(1/2/1006 AR)

Sands move from one dune to the next, the waves wash on all shores and while things change they remain the same. The highlord has decreed that women shall be able to rule Thrax, that they have equal claim to title. Multiple banners have followed this pledge as well, further increasing an egalitarian mode within the isles. Does this mean that women have an equal claim to all property and matters? Should they? Does this mean that any woman can decree a duel for the right of being Highlord?

Victus is a mighty warlord, he reaves where he wishes and does so with great success but perhaps the disease that Arx has with its land walkers is beginning to infect us. Thankfully, we have calamity to focus on rather than these murky waters of politics and newfound desires of change. I pray those winds of change don't rush us up on the reefs.

Written By Leona

Feb. 27, 2017, 2:14 p.m.(1/2/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Victus

He seems to think I am somehow in need of proving myself to him, and also that I am some kind of spy for - someone. To look into Thrax affairs. He is mistaken on both accounts, but accusing me of the latter and demanding the former is an excellent way to irritate me. I don't have time for these games, no matter how much my brother wants me to make amends and play nice.

Written By Magden

Feb. 27, 2017, 1:58 p.m.(1/2/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Luis

If he can get over his aversion to rats, we will be wonderful friends.

Written By Lydia

Feb. 27, 2017, 1:37 p.m.(1/2/1006 AR)

It was a wonderful plan!

I had thought to tell the man that there were bandits harassing a trade route and asking him if he would go deal with it. He would have, of course. Now, these bandits would be sellswords of course, paid to act the part.
Then, after he leaves, you sneak a secret note to his lover, letting her know that the man is riding into a trap and will be outnumbered. There is no time to spare! What can she do!? She must ride after him herself, see, with enough men to act as reinforcements. The timing must be perfect, with messengers to tell the "bandits" when to attack so that she arrives just as the fighting is the thickest and defeat seems inevitable, but at the sight of her, the "bandits" will run and she gets to be the hero who has saved the man.

Now, isn't that romantic? I'm told that there are easier ways, though. Alas.

Written By Talen

Feb. 27, 2017, 1:13 p.m.(1/2/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Serafine

I would far rather provide the pain than experience but for your sister, I will suffer, if that is what I must.

So cut me, bitch.

Written By Ailys

Feb. 27, 2017, 1:07 p.m.(1/2/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Barric

I followed you into a meeting, to learn negotiation techniques, and your already considering me for marriage to make good on relations! Suppose I will learn not to blindly follow along. Still my Cousin if it is for the house, I shall graciously do my duty.

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