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Written By Freja

Oct. 2, 2016, 9:17 p.m.(9/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Dagon

A Prince of House Thrax, and a curious one at that. I wasn't expecting to see at my ritual, but there he was and even posed a few questions if I call (though the event and following night were a blur). I do remember the man stepping close as it came to a culmination, perhaps too closely to make the Redrain guards and my cousins comfortable. I hear there was a close eye kept on him. Others stayed where they sat, but he dared to come closer. That alone merits at least one audience to see -what- exactly he is curious about.

Written By Cara

Oct. 2, 2016, 9:15 p.m.(9/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Aislin

It's not insane to run headlong toward danger in the pursuit of knowledge; Lady Aislin knows full well what she faces in her adventuring. She simply weighs the knowledge that exploration brings against the possibility of harm, and finds that knowledge worthy. I rather like her. Addison was terribly fond of her, I know, and it is easy to see why. She brings me interesting books, too, from time to time -- or rather, she brings them home and I poach them (usually with permission).

Written By Aislin

Oct. 2, 2016, 9:13 p.m.(9/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Edain

I haven't really met Prince Edain personally, but his name keeps coming up in things. And I did see him run a command tournament, which is an unusual enough event to be worthy of note. He had people command small sets of guards through an obstacle course, timing them on how quickly they overcame the obstacles.

That's certainly a change from the usual sort of challenges out there, and suggests a mind that I'd like to get to know better.

Written By Vincere

Oct. 2, 2016, 9:08 p.m.(9/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Pietro

Pietro's enthusiasm for Arx already exhausts me and yet I can't imagine being without him. I trust him as I would my right hand.

We're newly arrived here -- and thanks to him, nearly everyone knows it. I'm not sure there was a single person on our way to the Lyceum Ward that he did not stop to ask for directions.

As I said: enthusiasm.

Written By Aislin

Oct. 2, 2016, 9:01 p.m.(9/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Lou

Princess Lou is something of a kindred spirit, though I suspect one with a little more focus on politics than I wish to have. I've had very few interactions with her, but I'd certainly like to get to know her better.

Honestly, I'm a bit jealous of her in one sense. Not the title—gods, no!—but the fact that she seems to have a partner in her adventuring, in the form of her husband.

When I was younger, I used to dream of having a partner, someone who I'd undertake my grand explorations with. Someone who held the torch to keep the room alight, while I fought off the dread creatures in the ruin we'd just found. Someone to stand at my back with a sword when we were surrounded with brigands.

Instead, my expeditions are generally undertaken alone, or with companions of convenience hired for the specific expedition. But Lou and Mason seem to have that sort of partnership I once dreamed about, and that seems something to be treasured.

Written By Dagon

Oct. 2, 2016, 8:33 p.m.(9/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Dafne

There is something about Lady Dafne that I find to be somewhat interesting. I have been thinking as to what it might be that I find so interesting, but perhaps the best way to find out would be to spend more time with her. Perhaps I shall seek her out at the gathering that the Archduchess is putting together.

Written By Aislin

Oct. 2, 2016, 8:32 p.m.(9/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Mason

Prince Mason is actually from the Dune Kingdom of Ahj'on, over in Eurus. I've heard of the Dune Kingdoms before, of course, from the Eurusi sailors I drank with down in the Saffron Chain, but never in so much detail as he was willing to share. He seems a good-hearted sort, friendly and eager to share tales of the things he's seen and the places he's been. In that sense, I suspect he's a kindred spirit; I hope to get to know him better.

He offered to help several of us—myself included—practice the Eurusi language, and I believe I'll take him up on it.

Written By Dagon

Oct. 2, 2016, 8:32 p.m.(9/25/1004 AR)

The ritual hosted by House Redrain was quite fascinating. I would like to see another, but it also opens up so many questions. What do the spirits represent exactly? Are there spirits of the sea? Of the wind? If the northerners were sailors would they have shamans on ships to ensure a good wind and calm seas? If the spirits talk... would they inform the shaman of a coming storm?

So many questions, and yet I hestitate to ask, preferring instead to bide my time. Soon I will try to meet with Princess Freja and I will ask one or two questions then. For now I hope she recovers fully and thank House Redrain for permitting others to see this ritual take place.

Written By Freja

Oct. 2, 2016, 7:11 p.m.(9/25/1004 AR)

I am awake, though feel like I have been beaten on the head three times over and then once more for good luck. Nothing a hearty meal and long sleep won't cure though.

The messengers were fewer than I expected it, but I will take that as a good sign. If people are talking it is all the better for it. The North has traditions that will never die, and I will see to it personally that while they may not be held with reverence to those that practice other 'faiths', but it will be respected.

I do look forward to seeing what kind of stir it makes, if any.

Written By Aislin

Oct. 2, 2016, 7:06 p.m.(9/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Cara

Lady Cara is the widow of my cousin Addison, and I'm finding myself rather fond of her. Lycene by birth, but she's proven herself an Ashford in spirit. Not in terms of seeking knowledge physically in the world, mind you; I cannot imagine Cara climbing an ice cliff or scrambling down into a collapsed tomb in search of some bit of lost knowledge. But intellectually? She's as adventurous as any of us. She pours through historical records with as much determination and stubbornness as would do any blooded Ashford proud.

Written By Vincere

Oct. 2, 2016, 7 p.m.(9/25/1004 AR)

This move to Arx feels like far more of a change than assuming the mantle of Count of the March from our mother: it's a departure from known lands, from known friends -- and known enemies.

But it is a change that has the feel of a challenge, and one I'm eager to meet. I have Pietro at my back, after all, and welcome in the form of Lord Valkieri and Lady Sylphie. They have offered us lodging at their estate while we find our feet in the city, and it's hard not to feel a bit like it's a return to when we were wards of the Rubino family.

I feel half my age and as though the world is just beginning to share new secrets all over again. I am eager to see the Great Archive, and working on plans to trick Pietro into coming with me.

So. New lands, maybe, but not entirely friendless. The rest will no doubt come in time.

Written By Dawn

Oct. 2, 2016, 6:56 p.m.(9/25/1004 AR)

I so rarely get the opportunity to compete and sad to say, I didn't perform to the best of my ability at Prince Edain's command competition. But even having the chance to do so was a joy. The opportunity to command the finest soldiers in Arvum (save, of course, for Grayson soldiers) is a rare treat not often enjoyed by those outside of the Oathlands. And to see the others who competed, and how they tackled the problem of getting across the finish line...

If and when it comes time for Arvum to face its enemies, our armies are in capable hands.

The winner has no doubt been recorded elsewhere but I'll add a note of congratulations to Lord Eos Saik for his victory. And to Duchess Nadia Nightgold as well, for her fine performance, and near win.

Written By Niccolo

Oct. 2, 2016, 6:51 p.m.(9/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Darren

I've now had a chance to speak with the prince a number of times, some more private than others. So far, I find him to be a good man, honest man. I find his insights to carry weight, and be deserving of listening to. We're not very familiar, that seems to be more the case with my daughters, but it makes sense. Still, perhaps he and I will get a chance to get to know each other better.

Written By Dawn

Oct. 2, 2016, 6:46 p.m.(9/25/1004 AR)

I've never seen a shamanic ritual before. It was strange to my eyes but in the Northerners' worship, I saw the same faith and devotion we here in the Crownlands and the Oathlands give to our Pantheon. Just in... rather more visceral form.

I could have done without having swords drawn on the audience but one expects their caution is justified.

Hopefully Princess Freja is alright.

Written By Victus

Oct. 2, 2016, 6:42 p.m.(9/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Kima

The woman's already fucking insufferable most of the time. I expect I'll be hearing about her fucking brother's win for a week now, and having to pay for the ale as I suffer through the process.

At least good ale makes up for most things.

Written By Niccolo

Oct. 2, 2016, 6:42 p.m.(9/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Sylvie

Lady Sylphie has an interesting sense of humor. Like me, she recently lost her spouse. Unlike me, it seems she's looking to get married sooner rather than later. I don't judge her for this, of course, we all have our needs and what we want out of life. She thought she had offended me, but truly, I took no offense from her jest. I don't think Her Grace did either.

Written By Ianthe

Oct. 2, 2016, 6:40 p.m.(9/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Silas

Based on his opinion, clearly needs to be introduced to good whiskey.

Written By Ianthe

Oct. 2, 2016, 6:39 p.m.(9/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Acacia

Not only is my lady grace incarnate, but also delightful. And funny. I have to wonder, though. How in the hell did she wind up connected to Duke Niccolo Velenosa? I'm not presumptuous enough to ask, but definitely intrigued.

Written By Victus

Oct. 2, 2016, 6:36 p.m.(9/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Dawn

So you gotta wonder.

As she stood there at the very fucking end of Valardin's so-called fucking command competition (when the majority of participants are women, and a Whisper among 'em, call this Thraxian a fucking skeptic), what was going on behind her pristine fucking facade as every last pair of eyes in whole stadium focused on her?

The unacknowledged bastard of Grayson, and sure as fuck getting judged on more than just whether she could bully around a crew of Valardin cunts. I was. Yeah, you were too. To try to win when the odds are stacked against you, or simply play it safe so you can at least say you accomplished something.

Making that decision, did it say something about what kind of leader she might be?

That she went for perfection.

But only found muddy failure?

Heh. Whatever it says, I think the fact I was getting drunk in the stands pre-fucking-cludes me from judging it too damn harshly. It was just a game, anyway, and she's just a fucking girl.

Written By Ianthe

Oct. 2, 2016, 6:33 p.m.(9/25/1004 AR)

The event at the stone grove was fascinating. And unnerving. I know the Shaman saw something when she looked out.

I don't know the Redrains, but I'd love to ask her what she saw because she looked... terrified. And I can't help but think, given how things are with the King, that it means something bad is coming.

For all of us.

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