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Written By Archeron

Jan. 21, 2019, 8:55 a.m.(6/5/1010 AR)

It is a hard choice placed before the Assembly - on such an important matter it is clear that the Duchess alone speaks for Tyde, she will make our position clear.

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 had an interesting discussion with Lord Pharamond yesterday about adventures, risk taking and the duties of a House Sword.

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

I've given him a potentially amusing job. It might kill him! Probably not. I also haven't told him the real prize if he succeeds. Let's see what happens!

Written By Felicia

Jan. 21, 2019, 4:53 a.m.(6/5/1010 AR)

The first free human kingdom of Arvum was founded by those who had fled slavery in the East. Freed from their bonds by the Great Lone Wolf, also known as Skald. And by those who remember those times, humanity is considered to be the Children of the First Choice.

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 say survival is not a virtue, you say it is a necessity. And you are right, but not in the way I meant survival. I was talking of survival of self, and it is not. Your survival, my survival, these things are not important. The survival of our people and their culture and values? That I will accept is a necessity. But they must both be preserved - for without our culture, our values, our Gods, our ways....we are not us. That death of our society will be slower perhaps if our people survive but everything else is shed away, as those who remember what we were pass on, as each successively smaller revolt by those who realise the path we were on is too dark fails.

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)

There has not been and will not be any official stance from House Thrax about Brass' offer at the present time. There is still a month's worth of time for planning and consideration.

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)

Things I did today without screaming:

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

Every once in a while, the surprises that one comes across are not disappointing but truly wonderful.

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)

What a time to be alive and well in the city of Arx!

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)

They said that we could never replace Copper, and in that they are right.

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

Thank you.

Written By Rowenova

Jan. 20, 2019, 11:58 p.m.(6/5/1010 AR)

Seamstress Petal said to Professor Draven (during Winner Dinner with the Blackwood folks): "But you seem like a wizard, only a wizard could conjure up food that good." What a nice compliment, and I wholeheartedly agree!

Written By Alaric

Jan. 20, 2019, 9:46 p.m.(6/5/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Carita

It's a good thing I wasn't aware of the phrase "glowing fungus" before I tried the drink, otherwise I probably wouldn't have been quite as eager to try something new.

Written By Aureth

Jan. 20, 2019, 9:11 p.m.(6/4/1010 AR)

Brass is my personal guest and the guest of the Faith of the Pantheon. I have extended that hospitality to him without regret. I have read a few statements on the matter from a few people and I believe that there are many people in the city who may be confused about what exactly it is that Brass has done wrong in his long life. I've read many accusations that are frankly nonsense and I assume they are the results of gossip and confusion. I strongly suggest finding out what you're talking about before you express your condemnation.

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)

I have been considering names for the child. I think we've decided on Estara Greenblood if it's a girl, and Lucas Greenblood if it's a boy.

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

If you shoot yourself with an arrow, you will eventually have to cut the thing out.

Written By Mirella

Jan. 20, 2019, 8:11 p.m.(6/4/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Evaristo

Do you really want people to know you have a stock of the wine?

I would advise caution.

Written By Klaus

Jan. 20, 2019, 8:08 p.m.(6/4/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Coraline

You know my price, or all of your pretty presents will be hidden no matter how many of your minions you try to poiso...I mean give baked goods for.

Written By Berto

Jan. 20, 2019, 7:42 p.m.(6/4/1010 AR)

While the fine wines of the South become scarce, Grenaldo and Tiazza's casks are ever-flowing, to soothe thirst and aching heart alike!

Written By Philippe

Jan. 20, 2019, 7:37 p.m.(6/4/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Cambria

I have been doing a lot of research on House Mazetti's Ostrian horses and I must say that I find the breed to be of very good stock. With my brother, Lord Kincade, here, perhaps I should approach the Marquessa Cambria Mazetti, combining an Oathlander Cob with the endurance of an Ostria horse might prove to be what the Oathland needs to help cover the longer patrols the Great Road requires.

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