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Written By Esera

Aug. 7, 2016, 8:25 p.m.(3/26/1004 AR)

Tonight, the ball room glittered. More than glittered. There were flowers on the floor and in the air, scattered by each step and turn, swept up in the skirts and the silks of so many dancers. My mother loved flowers, as I do. I wish she could have seen it. I wish a lot of things -- but there is no point wishing. At the end of the night, my father pulled me into a dance, and whispered in my ear. You asked me a question, Father. I couldn't answer. Couldn't find the words. But, Father ... you asked me, and you made me wish more than I'd allowed myself to wish in a long time.

Written By Esera

Aug. 7, 2016, 8:10 p.m.(3/26/1004 AR)

A hundred lanterns lit the grounds of House Velenosa. Beneath the night sky, those lanterns shone like stars. They shone upon servants, as they poured glass after glass of wine. They shone upon dancers, as they spun, in glittering turns, around the pool. Oh, they shone bright ... until they went out. All those lights, all at once -- snuffed in an instant. In the darkness they left behind, you could see the stars, real stars, bright points of light above us. I have always loved the stars. I could watch them forever. But the servants returned with more lanterns -- there is no forever.

Written By Talen

Aug. 7, 2016, 7:50 p.m.(3/26/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Kieran

Prince Kieran Redrain isn't a man of martial stature and nor is he likely to ever be. That said, Talen respected the man's resolve to state clearly how he was ineffective in combat and then, despite it all, humour the Sword. With the Redrain feast supposedly requiring a little more energy according to Talen, he had marched across the room and promptly inferred a brawl ought be had between them. Talen means to reach out to the man sometime in an effort to learn more of the northerner.

Written By Talen

Aug. 7, 2016, 7:46 p.m.(3/26/1004 AR)

Princess Deva Redrain's feast was certainly more tolerable than the majority of other social engagements the Sword has had to attend since arriving in Arx. With the more liberal northern attitudes there was room to accomodate everything from dancing to brawling and more. While Talen and his liege did close the evening in a dance of their own right it was initially circumvented by the appointment of champions in a dance off. Prince Luca Velenosa represented Master Talen Artiglio and Lady Calista Fidante that of Grand Duchess Esera Velenosa. With the hostess herself judging it was determined that the archduchess' chosen was the victor, resulting in the promise to drink a magnum of Thraxian rum by the southern swordsman.

Written By Deva

Aug. 7, 2016, 7:43 p.m.(3/26/1004 AR)

Father was a busy man, but he always took the time to enjoy a good feast and get to know the people around him. Party planning is not a joy of mine (and -never- will be), but things seemed to go fairly well at the Northern Feast I held at our villa. There was plenty of dancing, drink, and even almost a good fight. Almost. Next time? Bear wrestling. All in all? A pretty damn good night, as far as I'm concerned.

Written By Isolde

Aug. 7, 2016, 7:41 p.m.(3/26/1004 AR)

Prince Dagon gave me the loveliest ring. I'm surprised by his taste, and I wear it happily. I may have to look into more jewelry with these delightful black pearls. Perhaps something to wear about the ankle, or to adorn my hair. I think that might be rather fetching, indeed.

Written By Talen

Aug. 7, 2016, 7:32 p.m.(3/26/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Jacinthe

Mistress Jacinthe Whisper is a lady of refinement and an astute woman. Talen's interactions with her have been limited but nevertheless positive. In the coming months there will be many engagements within Arx and it is both Talen's duty and that of the other Velenosa to retain only the finest company. It will prove interesting to see whether Jacinthe's personality and skill set aligns with their requirements and wishes.

Written By Freja

Aug. 7, 2016, 4:51 p.m.(3/25/1004 AR)

Northern Feast - A one Princess Freja Redrain told off a one, Prince Gareth Grayson for insulting guests in a Redrain home, under their hospitaltity. While perceived as blunt by some, it received more accolades than the few mousy squeaks of disapproval. The squeaks didn't last long, and House Redrain remains rat-free. Latest Discovery of the Scout of the Snows: Silks are bearable if worn with scalemail accents.

Written By Freja

Aug. 7, 2016, 4:44 p.m.(3/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Ida

Yet ANOTHER drinking partner of my brother's. I swear, I need to get him some help...but, this one I like. She seems like she can deliver punches as well as she can take them, both physically and verbally. She works quick and made me my first sword upon coming to Arx. It was fine quality, strikes true. I'll be recommending her as often as I can.

Written By Freja

Aug. 7, 2016, 4:42 p.m.(3/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Morrighan

A servant for House Redrain, this woman is always willing to lend a helping hand or needle if I ever find myself in a fashion 'pinch', though truly I think it will only be the once. She has a shop in the city center where I think she'll do well, if she can curb the Northern tongue a touch to sate the preferred silver taste for these silky southerners.

Written By Freja

Aug. 7, 2016, 4:33 p.m.(3/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Acacia

A woman from the boroughs with more social graces than I have seen some nobility have. A supposed drinking partner of my brother's, that can only speak volumes. She sticks by her family and kin, 'adopted' or otherwise and that in itself is admirable. Some mixture of coal and diamond in there, depending on which facet you want to look at.

Written By Freja

Aug. 7, 2016, 4:29 p.m.(3/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Gareth

A man with something to prove. It makes one wonder if his sword is as sharp as his tongue, or if that is the category found faulty. Either way, he has prying eyes and mannerisms to fit. A prince perfectly fit for the role of inquisitor.

Written By Ailith

Aug. 7, 2016, 3:50 p.m.(3/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Gareth

I have to wonder, was Prince Gareth so confrontational prior to his horrible captivity? He makes the most basic attempts to be polite only to then shatter them through seemingly trying his best to seek confrontation. Why? It almost feels as if he looking to give people reasons not to help him.

Written By Ida

Aug. 7, 2016, 1:19 p.m.(3/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Acacia

Mistress Acacia is someone Prince Edain mentioned my work to and we ended up crossing paths at a couple of events I didn't avoid. She's an exceptionally pleasant woman and I honestly enjoy her company. She's quite good at engaging people, I've noticed, and can navigate socially far better than I think I ever will. It seems genuine, though, which maybe makes me naive, but I suppose I don't care if it does or doesn't. Her compliments of my work are beyond flattering and she's purchased from the shop as well as commissioned something personally. She talks my wares up to other people, which has no doubt lead to work I might not otherwise have received. I'm very glad to have met someone like her here in Arx.

Written By Malorie

Aug. 7, 2016, 1:17 p.m.(3/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Alarissa

I finally became acquainted with Princess Alarissa, and she's something altogether different than I expected. Strong, vibrant, and determined; far from the wilting flower one might expect of such a young widow. Her self-confidence is to be admired, and I look forward to getting to know her while she remains a Valardin.

Written By Ida

Aug. 7, 2016, 1:08 p.m.(3/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Fergus

Prince Fergus Redrain. The man seems to carry a great deal of haunted history on his shoulders, which often is visible even in his eyes. It's one of those things I wasn't sure I wanted to poke about, even if I was curious. I mean, there are the stories, of course, but stories are what other people say about something or someone. Better from the mouth of the person talked about, right? In any case, between doing commissions for him and crossing paths here and there in the city and my shop, I think we have a comfortable friendship that I rather enjoy.

Written By Malorie

Aug. 7, 2016, 11:22 a.m.(3/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Fatima

Princess Fatima was lured to the Valardin stables by the promise of seeing baby foals, and for that I am glad. She's got something about her that simply draws you in; it's no wonder that the least friendly of the little ones warmed to her and only her. She came by to visit again, and we spoke for a time about the expectations of women and I was quickly impressed by her quiet determination to honor her family in deed and word. We've plans to hold a tea party together soon, and I look forward to getting to know her better in days to come.

Written By Niccolo

Aug. 7, 2016, 1:24 a.m.(3/23/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Jacinthe

Mistress Jacinthe Whisper approached me asking to speak to me about an event the Whisper House will hold honoring known heroes. She wanted to speak to me about my late wife. I was both surprised and impressed by the empathy displayed by this young woman, and the conversation went well. Going forward, she could become a useful contact within the Whisper House.

Written By Niccolo

Aug. 7, 2016, 1:21 a.m.(3/23/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Enzo

Master Enzo is a jeweler of notable skill. He's taken care of at least one commission for me, and I was quite pleased with the work. He's asked me to become his patron and after some consideration, I agreed to it. Our business relationship is very clear, in return for my support and the occasional financial assistance if need be, he gives me priority in my orders that I place with him.

Written By Niccolo

Aug. 7, 2016, 1:19 a.m.(3/23/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Gareth

What can I say about Prince Gareth Grayson? The man is either a genius, or an idiot and to be fair I'm not sure which it is. He thinks very high of himself, his position as Inquisitor, and House Grayson. Confidence in a man is a trait I certainly admire and respect, but what I can't condone is his complete and utter understanding of proper noble behavior. There is a distinct lack of dignity in how he treats his peers, and it's a shame, because it is really unnecessary. With a few adjustments, Prince Gareth could be a great man, unfortunately he might end remembered more for being a bitter one.

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