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Written By Deva

March 19, 2017, 9:22 p.m.(2/14/1006 AR)

To the last. May the gods watch over us all.

Written By Blacktongue

March 19, 2017, 9:17 p.m.(2/14/1006 AR)

Years, and a lifetime ago for me, Giovanni got all choked up and found himself catching a horrible case of death.

While I have found myself choked up on the same bitter wine, I managed to master the 'fall down and twitch routine' enough that I came back. He didn't and at times I'm left wondering if the wrong brother was spared as some joke the gods have denied me the punchline to.

What I am left with is the whelp turned Sword, my nephew. Truth be told, he is more like me in temperament than he has ever been like his father. That whole 'nature versus nourishment' argument I hear the philosophers prattle on about when they're in their cups.

He has gone and married himself a Princess now, and I can't help but wonder where the fuck that leaves me in the social pecking order? Poison tester and right hand (actually left-handed) man of the Grand Duchess, turned Harlequin, turned...I do not know what.

At the very least I have some new material.

Enjoy the gift, kiddo. You may have gone and gotten yourself a new title, but that doesn't mean you are spared my special brand of doting.

Written By Jaenelle

March 19, 2017, 9:17 p.m.(2/14/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Lark

I am pleased to have finally met the woman who has stolen my brother's attention and affection. I enjoyed your company a great deal, and look forward to much more of it in the future.

Written By Leta

March 19, 2017, 9:13 p.m.(2/14/1006 AR)

Off to battle, then. Got all my things sorted, all my kit clean and mended, blades sharpened and so forth. I even had my lute tuned. I talked to my folk in case I don't come back, to see to it they're taken care of for a while. Still got enough silver for that. My woman doesn't need anyone to take care of her, and she'll be at the front, same as me. But I worry for her anyhow, whether she's hurt or I am.

But enough about that.

Written By Belladonna

March 19, 2017, 9:09 p.m.(2/14/1006 AR)

There are reasons that our traditions have evolved as they have; the observation of custom is vital, particularly on the eve of a siege.

Please remember:

If you've a personal issue with another noble, use the duel as it is meant to be used.
If you've an issue or concern with someone's vassal, you should address it with their liege -- or in most cases your own first.
Follow the chain of command.
No heroics.
If you're supposed to be in combat, you have a commanding officer. Do what they tell you to do.

Stay calm.
Stay calm.
Stay calm.

If evacuation of any part of the city becomes necessary:
People first. Things can be replaced
Take only what you can carry in your own arms. More than that blocks the roads and slows down others escape
Have a plan: know where you're going to meet up with your family
Have a back up plan: know where you're going to meet up with your family if the first location is not accessible

Written By Tristram

March 19, 2017, 9:08 p.m.(2/14/1006 AR)

On this the eve of battle, I would like to ask forgiveness of those I have slighted, intentionally and unintentionally. Father Orazio, I have made mistakes which led you to feel disrespected; please accept my sincere apology. High Lady of the Crownlands Lark, that I have done or said things to make me less than worthy of your respect now fills me with remorse, and I apologize to you as well. Princess Reese and Prince Ainsley and all others who I may have senselessly offended, I ask your forgiveness. Know that I have nothing but respect for you. Gods preserve us against our enemies.

Written By Darren

March 19, 2017, 9:07 p.m.(2/14/1006 AR)

I'll be wearing a favor while on defense at the gates against those who wish us all to end. It is not a tangible thing, but one made of promises and things that will be done once the fighting has ended and we are safe (even relatively) once more.

I hope to see the other side of this. There is still so much to be done.

Written By Tristram

March 19, 2017, 9:01 p.m.(2/14/1006 AR)

I, along with every able-bodied man and woman in the city, stand into danger once more on behalf of Arx. Gloria's temple is quiet, more quiet than I expected; although many guards and soldiers have been here, the mood is tense and serious, and few speak aloud or engage in conversation. The quietness makes it perfect for meditation and prayer. I am humbled by the peace here. It has been a few weeks since I withdrew from greater society. The entire circumstance surrounding the duel (not the duel itself; it was settled fairly) left me with a need to meditate and think on my life, rather than keep being as social as I was. Praying for all the soldiers in the city makes this a vigil that will last days, but I think it will be worth it. As I pray, I remember the time before the Battle of Three Arrows, and the priestess who spoke to me that night. My mind is close to what it was that night. Though our force is mighty and consists of people often better warriors than I am, I am still ready for whatever might happen. I give no thought to my own glory, where once I might have; any heroism I may display in the coming siege will almost certainly be unwitnessed by anyone by the few soldiers who will be with me. Letting go of ego lets me focus on what matters: the people of Arx. Picturing their faces in my mind: the merchant I bought apple pie from on Thursday; his wife, a rosy-cheeked comedienne; the six scampering children rolling out of the Lower Boroughs and playing hide-and-seek, as if they'd challenged themselves to see how long they could get away with being here before someone scolded them back to their part of the city; the faces of my family and friends: Katarina, Luca, Eirene, Aurelian, Calypso, Sophie, Edain. Warriors and civilians alike. I pray for their safety, individually and collectively, and offer my own in return.

Written By Elrych

March 19, 2017, 9 p.m.(2/14/1006 AR)

I decided to see Alarie in my down time. She thought I had left already. We talked about our Fealties and how Thrax was very different from Valardin. Always an interesting conversation over tea. When I return she wishes to make me some proper city cloths. I can not say no. I hope I can repay her by accompanying her to a Tavern soon enough.

Written By Elrych

March 19, 2017, 8:59 p.m.(2/14/1006 AR)

It's been a long week of waiting but we will be riding out soon to do what we came here to do. Win back glory for our house in a darring attempt to thwart some of the forces of the approaching army. Mugetsu, and myself, will be tested in this battle.

Written By Elrych

March 19, 2017, 8:58 p.m.(2/14/1006 AR)

Lady Abigail's sister stopped by but did not stay. She is to be married aparently. The Marquessa wasn't happy about it and Abigail wasn't to be invited to the wedding. Well, The Marquessa put a stop to that real quick by outright canceling any marriage plans Lady Roseline had. She was being rather snooty and acting superior. Serves her right.

Written By Darren

March 19, 2017, 8:53 p.m.(2/14/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Khanne

Khanne Halfshav is a woman I've grown to greatly respect during our time spent together. She acts as a solid Voice to the Halfshav family and a dedicated Shaman.

Written By Calypso

March 19, 2017, 8:53 p.m.(2/14/1006 AR)

Every culture has their own traditions when preparing for battle. Anze was kind enough to let me glimpse in to the Redrain traditions. Centering ones self, and preparing for the terrible things you have to do at war. Coming to peace with the necessary evils we become.

Out on campaign now I am reminded of another war time tradition. Camp can get quiet the night or two before a battle. Everyone on edge. Thinking some times about how this might be their last few days alive. Or perhaps about how hard they will fight to stay alive. In Southport, before a battle, some center themselves with the methodical task of making War Banners. Sewing down the House Sigil. Maybe adding in another symbol here and there to show the particular campaign this banner was made for. I set Eirene on the task of making House Malvici's banner for this campaign. I'll be interested to see what she comes up with.

Written By Darren

March 19, 2017, 8:47 p.m.(2/14/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Anze

Though we've certainly had some difficulties over the past year or so, Anze remains someone I know I can rely upon to get a job done. I'll be glad to have him by my side while guarding the gates against the oncoming horde, and I know he won't disappoint.

Written By Sudara

March 19, 2017, 8:47 p.m.(2/14/1006 AR)

It would seem that steelsilk gowns are not only real, but something I might myself soon see with my own eyes. I have even had the opportunity to test the mettle of the astonishing fabric, running a sharp blade over it without causing any discernible damage whatsoever. The world-shaking wonders I hear of are in some ways less startling than a piece of soft cloth that can turn a blade while resting in my grasp.

Written By Darren

March 19, 2017, 8:27 p.m.(2/14/1006 AR)

Soon, the battle will be upon us. To those who have braved walking out of the gates and into the Gray Forest, I salute you. Know that you have the greatest armies at your back and to your front, and while success is never guaranteed, we have far more to fight for than our enemies. To those who stand guard with me at the gates - know that I will do my part to protect our home, to protect you, and to protect all of those that we love and hold dear.

We will fight, and we will succeed. Because failure against this enemy is simply not an option.

Written By Rowan

March 19, 2017, 8:26 p.m.(2/14/1006 AR)

Most of my life has been lived playing to my strengths and endeavoring at what I know, what I was born to. My path has sprawled ahead of me straight and clear. Now I find my path at a fork. Down one is the expected. Down one I continue as I have for as many years as I have known Down another I pick up the mantle of student once more and learn new skills to fold into the old that I never thought I'd need and never had cause to study. One promises great things with more assurance. The other - greater things with harder rock to carve through. What would my ancestors think of me if I took the easy route? That is not what a Greenmarch does.

Written By Haati

March 19, 2017, 8:25 p.m.(2/14/1006 AR)

Before the siege...

There is tension int he air and many worry about the coming siege if it happens to become such. Who will make it, who won't, will we stop the Bringers form breaking into the city and setting it to burn. I cannot see this happening, surely they will be stopped and the greatest City in the land will find itself past such dire times. Hope, the will and the skills of those that prepare for it are what will save us all... and if not I've warn those to run to the Thracian port and find refuge on a ship if the city is breached. The ships might be the only way to save some if that does happen and will also be the saddest time, watching Arx burn from the waters.

Written By Haati

March 19, 2017, 8:15 p.m.(2/14/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Fairen

A man that loves his wife very much to have a warrior of renown to wear armor I will be forging. It shows even in his stoic and proper air, love is there and how he wishes to be sure she is safe when she is in battle. The tip was nice as well and I shall make sure that it is everything he has imagined for his wife to wear and inspire those around her while wearing it and with the new weapon to wield also.

Written By Talen

March 19, 2017, 8:12 p.m.(2/14/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Acacia

Does the tiara still exist, even? I haven't seen it in a while.

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