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Written By Thena

May 13, 2017, 11:47 p.m.(6/16/1006 AR)

Tomorrow we go look for Petrae in the Gray Forest. Somehow I have ended up with a small company of highly competent military men who have volunteered to come along as protection, which is comforting if also a bit bewildering.
I am both trying to prepare for the inevitable, and finding that I cannot.

Written By Kima

May 13, 2017, 10:30 p.m.(6/16/1006 AR)

My father once said to never worry about what the gods might do, and more for what you can do for yourself.

Written By Nicia

May 13, 2017, 7:06 p.m.(6/16/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Belladonna

I've always looked up to my older sister, I'm pleased that she asked me to come to Arx.

Written By Caelis

May 13, 2017, 5:24 p.m.(6/16/1006 AR)

It didn't feel right to speak of lose and sacrifice in the battle and then speak of myself. I have worked hard in the Malvici Navy these past years. My Duke has named me his admiral and one of his voices. It is a great honor and I am humbled by his faith in me. As ever I look to my peers and superiors who have taught me invaluable lessons. I hope to learn more and become a leader worthy of the men and women of Southport's navy.

May your hopes find safe harbors.

Written By Caelis

May 13, 2017, 5:21 p.m.(6/16/1006 AR)

The battle to hold Seawatch Gate was intense. I am proud of those who fought there especially. I know the battle was arduous city wide, but I will have to wait and here the tales from those who fought them. It's taken some time for me to find the right words. It was an honor to fight with those men and women and I would do so again gladly. Those who fell are not forgotten.

May your hopes find safe harbors.

Written By Lailah

May 13, 2017, 3:34 p.m.(6/15/1006 AR)

Addendum to my previous entry: My Girlfriend is also allowed to tell me what to do.

Written By Lailah

May 13, 2017, 3:29 p.m.(6/15/1006 AR)

You know, I think it would behoove certain people to remember that can command me to do, or halt, anything is exceptionally small. It would be good if one can remember, this applies to not just me, but everybody in the compact. If a Prince you do not owe fealty to makes a command? You need not obey! It is important to remember this, as nobles especially. Commoners are not our collective servants to be ordered or bullied about. I'll also make a reminder that, even those I do accept and obey orders from, there is always a limit. The Dominus can order me in matters of faith, for example, but if he demands I serve him his meals at home, I will object. (Though, I adore Dominus Aldwin, so I may yet obey that command for my own reasons)

Military minded individuals should be reminded, you do not have absolute control. You cannot just order somebody around or throw rank where it is meaningless. To throw your rank and weight around makes you look weak, and to make that order of somebody that you hold nothing over makes you look foolish.

Just some observations I've had. For posterity, I'll just include, unless you are a Grayson, Dominus, Archscholar, or my parent, do not presume to tell me what to do. I encourage all to remember this of themselves when given an order by a Noble with a chip on their shoulder. You don't have to listen.

Written By Silas

May 13, 2017, 3:21 p.m.(6/15/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Estaban

Lord Saik is one of our newer recruits, but so far I have been impressed with his bravery and punctuality. He brings honor to the Iron Guard.

Written By Percephon

May 13, 2017, 12:05 p.m.(6/15/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Sasha

It's been enjoyable having Princess Sasha about Arx since her arrival. Helpful, curious minds that want to work for the betterment of Valardin are always in need, but more so in times such as this. I have no doubt that she'll prove her value to her family in the weeks to come, and I look forward to working with her.

Written By Mailys

May 13, 2017, 11:20 a.m.(6/15/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Mirari

I am pretty sure it is a dire sized Mailys.

Written By Khanne

May 13, 2017, 11:10 a.m.(6/15/1006 AR)

I was under strict orders to rest for a few days, so I would not pop my stitches (for what, the fourth time?) or irritate my healing throat. No exertion, no talking. My hand is hurting from writing so much (and yet, here I sit, writing again). I was rather amazed at just how productive I managed to be during this time. However, after the actual bed rest portion of my recuperation was over, I took the opportunity to see to some spiritual and personal needs.

Halfshav has paid the pensions of all those lost in the siege to their families. Nothing will help them miss their loved ones any less, but I wanted to ensure that the families were at least well cared for, and most of all, that they knew the sacrifice of their loves one (and their own) in the name of defeating Brand and his army was recognized and appreciated. Too often those left behind can be easily forgotten, the lost themselves a distant memory from the minds of those not close to them. I wanted to make sure that this would not happen. I have also offered an opportunity to those who show signs of being blessed by the Spirits (either as Spirit Touched or shaman) to become apprentices to myself, and other talented shamans in Whitehold. I have asked that any who show promise in other areas as well are given opportunity to train with experts in those fields. While cooped up in the ward though, I also held a private little ritual of remembrance in the courtyard.

Lighting a small fire, I sat on the ground before it with the list of all the names of those Halfshav has lost. The list is entirely too long. I grieve for each of the men and women who gave so everything in order for us to continue to live life was we know it. I wrote each name on a parchment, one by one, and tore it into a small strip. Closing my eyes, I said blessing for each soul and set the strip of paper on fire, sprinkling some sage, rosemary, and thyme over the flames, watching the smoke swirl up into the air. Sage was offered to the Spirits and ancestors, a symbol of wisdom and the immortal soul - that it may pass one day into new life, rosemary in remembrance of each person and all they shared with their loved ones, and thyme to represent the courage and strength they showed in life and in their sacrifice.

I felt a sense of peace after they were all remembered. It took days to accomplish. It is my hope that their souls are at rest and that their families hold a small sense of that peace in their hearts as well. May we never forget them, and forever keep their memories alive. To the last.

Written By Luca

May 13, 2017, 11:09 a.m.(6/15/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Aureth

Does this mean I have to call you Father Hot Lips? Well, regardless, you'll make a perfect exemplar for the Queen as the new Archlector of Death, even as Father Alley Cat will be perfect for Choice. Congratulations to both of you beautiful men.

Written By Mirari

May 13, 2017, 10:20 a.m.(6/15/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Mailys

Is Mailys a tactical sized Mirari. Or am I a dire sized Mailys?

Written By Thena

May 13, 2017, 9:40 a.m.(6/15/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Magpie

My apologies, cousin. I thought you preferred hammocks.

Written By Branan

May 13, 2017, 9:07 a.m.(6/15/1006 AR)

More... Well. I cannot truthfully call this volume smut. It actually has... plot. And some history thrown in. But yet another pen name with dubious authenticity. Who names their child 'Malvolo Stoutrod'?

I mean, really.

Written By Magpie

May 13, 2017, 9:01 a.m.(6/15/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Aureth

Aureth... an archlector.

I just can't even wrap my head around it.

Hopefully I can fill the boots he left behind in the Grayhope family. We've already proven that I fit into his armor. And his shirt. And his bed is terribly comfortable but Thena snatched that up.

I noticed he cleaned out the liquor cabinet... well played, Aureth. Well played.

Written By Branan

May 13, 2017, 8:59 a.m.(6/15/1006 AR)

You told me to write.

I have not stopped since.

Written By Branan

May 13, 2017, 8:53 a.m.(6/15/1006 AR)

Sister Gisele speaks truth with a grace I can rarely muster.

Written By Niamh

May 13, 2017, 7:20 a.m.(6/15/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Cassandra

There was friction between the Faith and my family in the past year, when it seemed Shamanism was going to be declared anathema. But that stopped and I've had some good meetings with members of the Pantheon lately. Archlector Cassandra is among them. Earnest, straightforward, and dedicated to her cause, I'm pleased that she was able to come talk about the Gold Order with me.

Written By Arianna

May 13, 2017, 6:14 a.m.(6/15/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Mirari

That moment when you realize you have been a total twat.
We live and we learn, there is no difference between me
and the next person. Title or no. One must earn the respect
they with others to treat them with and I am grateful
for the lesson in humility. We cannot grow unless we
learn from our mistakes, take responsibility for them and
move forward. Thank you for teaching me this and thank
you for the chance to start anew.

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