Written By Archeron
Jan. 21, 2019, 8:55 a.m.(6/5/1010 AR)
What I will say though is that people quite rightly talk of some of the choices in front of us being unacceptable because it sacrifices customs and practices that are long established, and they do not wish to do that. To accept the end of Thralldom, to the Isles, is to accept that same thing. To surrender an old custom, an old practice, at the request of those not known to us. I say this not advocating either way, but it must be considered that to the Isles, this is the same as some of those routes the Mainlanders say are unacceptable.
We must also consider the cost. Remember the horror when Kennex did as it did? There are only a handful of houses in Thrax that do not practice Thralldom in any form. It took the resources of the Compact, including the others of Thrax, to control that situation. And it was not just a cost in silver, but in people as people felt worried at such rapid change, as people who society had removed, where Thralldom had provided an option other than summary execution, were returned to society they had already proven they could not live within. Deaths occured. More were avoided by the spreading of that pressure, by former Thralls being taken in. We were glad to help.
Thrax has its own holdings. It has three duchies. It has marches under those. Over 25 counties under that. Over 80 baronies. Imagine over 100 Kennexs. All at once. And with the support Thrax gave removed, as it would be dealing with its own issues. Essentially 1/5th of the Compact is removed, likely struggling to muster forces for more than enforcing order in their own lands. The cost of avoiding major unrest, the resources put in to stabilise - because we cannot have the resources to mitigate the damage as we did with Kennex when so many occur at once - would likely take a great deal away from the other 4/5ths of the Compact's ability to muster new companies of men to fight.
It is complex. It is serious. It is hard.
I am glad this is a choice for the High Lords, for it will take broad shoulders and strong backs to bear the weight of these choices.
Written By Lisebet
Jan. 21, 2019, 8:41 a.m.(6/5/1010 AR)
Relationship Note on Pharamond
I am not sure how likely it is that I will be the safe one who doesn't cause him to take risks. I'm not sure that doing the right thing will allow that. However, I shall certainly do my best.
Not necessarily to be safe, though surely that will always play a role. But to do the right thing.
Written By Audric
Jan. 21, 2019, 7:13 a.m.(6/5/1010 AR)
Relationship Note on Brady
Written By Felicia
Jan. 21, 2019, 4:53 a.m.(6/5/1010 AR)
The legacy of our history, and our freedom, extends further than the Reckoning, and has been fought and paid for in blood for more generations than most of us realize.
Let us not disgrace our collective history by submitting to slavery now.
The path ahead will not be easy, but at least when we return to the Wheel we can hold our heads up high and tell Death Herself that we lived free.
Written By Preston
Jan. 21, 2019, 4:31 a.m.(6/5/1010 AR)
Relationship Note on Amund
I have little desire to die, even fighting, but I have absolutely no desire in fighting to live without purpose.
Written By Victus
Jan. 21, 2019, 3:41 a.m.(6/5/1010 AR)
I urge all of those sworn to the Mourning Isles to remember this when speaking of that particular offer.
Written By Vanora
Jan. 21, 2019, 2:32 a.m.(6/5/1010 AR)
Had a meeting requested by Octavia and Ford, which ran for several hours and was quite productive.
Spent the evening drinking and talking with my father, whose advice I actually found very wise and plan to take.
Interesting times indeed.
Written By Vanora
Jan. 21, 2019, 2:30 a.m.(6/5/1010 AR)
Relationship Note on Belladonna
I'd forgotten how much I loved my family, when they let me. I don't mean my husband and children, for I don't forget that.
But rather my Pravus kin, from my dramatic and silky cousins to my practical yet philosophical father.
It is good to be back in one another's lives. May it last.
Written By Belladonna
Jan. 21, 2019, 12:54 a.m.(6/5/1010 AR)
I sometimes wish our Assemblies were more organized, but what is a party without a rabblerouser or two?
Written By Mia
Jan. 21, 2019, 12:38 a.m.(6/5/1010 AR)
No man or woman, no matter how strong, or learned, or talented could be her equal. Not a single one of us.
They said that we could never replace Copper, and in that they are wrong.
Every last one of may yet replace her, if we band together as a people, to protect Arvum against that which would destroy it. That was her lesson to us -- and it was her greatest gift. Not safety, but hope. Not strength, but faith. Not power, but freedom.
Arvum, we are told, has been presented with a choice -- to be annexed by the Skykingdom of Cardia or the Undying Empire of Jadairal. This choice is an illusion, for there is no true choice here at all. What we have been offered is to be bound in service to one of two great nations who would use us as tools in their ancient war against their hated enemy -- one another. The choice is not whose 'protection' we will accept, but whether we wish to be made slaves bound by writ or by chain.
I say neither.
Slavery is not in our nature. We are a free people, the children of Arx, and strive even now to be ever moreso -- to break those last lingerings bonds and walk the path of Choice, no matter how winding and difficult it may be. I urge you all, people of the Compact, whether you lay claim to the Crown or to a single coin, to remember that. To remember Copper, the Light of Hope. And to strive every moment to honor her by embracing what she has given us, by remembering what she died for, by bringing whatever measure of hope you can to this world.
She may be gone, but she is not lost to us -- yet. She lives in us so long as we strive to be free.
Written By Fiora
Jan. 20, 2019, 11:59 p.m.(6/5/1010 AR)
Relationship Note on Sparte
Written By Rowenova
Jan. 20, 2019, 11:58 p.m.(6/5/1010 AR)
Written By Alaric
Jan. 20, 2019, 9:46 p.m.(6/5/1010 AR)
Relationship Note on Carita
Written By Aureth
Jan. 20, 2019, 9:11 p.m.(6/4/1010 AR)
For his past actions against the Wheel, he has been forgiven and restored by the grace of the Queen of Endings. If this were not so, you would not see my hand reached out to him in friendship. Which it is, and shall remain. The gods do not demand perfection. Restoration and restitution may be possible from even the bleakest of depths. Choice is key to this. Remember your free will. It's important.
With respect to the questions of politics and economics surrounding his offer of aid, that is separate, I think, from my respect for his person.
It should come as no surprise that the Legate of the Lost and acting Archlector of the Liberators should support an option that abolishes slavery in all its forms. Yet I think there is room for discussion here about how to blunt the edges of the economic disaster this represents.
There is a question of whether a thing is worth doing in the long term even if it hurts us in the short term.
Written By Esoka
Jan. 20, 2019, 8:56 p.m.(6/4/1010 AR)
That is one decision out of the way, at least. There seem a hundred more things to prepare for and only four months to do it in.
The world is every day a place of chaos I did not anticipate. Each time I think one problem is solved, another arises. I pray the Compact will steer its future wisely, and that I shall find a firm foothold in whatever our society looks like a year's time. And I look forward to picking up my sword again, I do confess. There remain many evils to fight, whoever our allies end up being. I think I shall spend all my days trying to make the world safer for my child. I am not sure how well I shall succeed. I shall try, though.
Written By Shard
Jan. 20, 2019, 8:44 p.m.(6/4/1010 AR)
Relationship Note on Octavia
Written By Mirella
Jan. 20, 2019, 8:11 p.m.(6/4/1010 AR)
Relationship Note on Evaristo
I would advise caution.
Written By Klaus
Jan. 20, 2019, 8:08 p.m.(6/4/1010 AR)
Relationship Note on Coraline
Written By Berto
Jan. 20, 2019, 7:42 p.m.(6/4/1010 AR)
Written By Philippe
Jan. 20, 2019, 7:37 p.m.(6/4/1010 AR)
Relationship Note on Cambria
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