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Written By Sudara

Feb. 17, 2019, 4:29 p.m.(8/4/1010 AR)

It would seem that life still has the capacity to provide an unexpected (but profoundly welcome) surprise or two in these troubled times. Greater-than-anticipated success attended my - frankly experimental - efforts to develop the resources of Esterhold and to provide gainful employment for more of the Truesworn. Indeed, we found ourselves achieving so much that we actually drew in newcomers from across the water. For this unexpectedly delightful outcome, I am truly grateful. I hope that our fortune holds, and that I can build upon this in the next stage of our work.

Written By Gregory

Feb. 17, 2019, 3:32 p.m.(8/4/1010 AR)

Today I went to to the training hall to see what skilled combatants look like. What I found... was someone throwing pies. Well, it was different for sure. Eventually I did get to see a skillful display between two combatants, but the area was too crowded for me to stick around. I am not used to being surrounded by so many noisy people. I hope the war of the berries goes well. I still keep thinking of people just throwing fruit at each other. The idea makes me laugh. I wonder if Petrichor will approve.

Written By Gregory

Feb. 17, 2019, 3:27 p.m.(8/4/1010 AR)

So a task that I am preparing for is the one of researching the Canticle of the Dawn. I have spoken with Delilah regarding the exploration of ruins, Princess Reese has offered me her assistance. The canticle explains out history, and it used to be common among the faith. Why did we stop singing it? Why do we only know of the first verse? Such mysteries vex me, expecially when they lead to a prayer.

Written By Duarte

Feb. 17, 2019, 2:40 p.m.(8/4/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Juliana

I have known Lady Juliana for quite some time - nearly half my life, in fact, and most of hers. From our pranks to our fights to our quieter moments of discussion, I will miss her.

Even if she is only half a block's stroll away.

Written By Duarte

Feb. 17, 2019, 2:35 p.m.(8/4/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Belladonna

Bergamot over lemon. It isn't even a question.

Written By Jasher

Feb. 17, 2019, 2:05 p.m.(8/4/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Domonico

We'll see.

Written By Lucita

Feb. 17, 2019, 11:48 a.m.(8/4/1010 AR)

I've gotten behind a bit on my usual visits to all the shrines, but it is mostly because I spent up spending too much time reflecting in the Shrine of the Thirteenth and that of Mangata and getting distracted with having to deal with more than the usual paperwork. Thank goodness for Mistress Josephine dealing with some of the numbers for me.

Written By Lucita

Feb. 17, 2019, 11:40 a.m.(8/4/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Sebastian

An invitation from Bas and Jules to revisit Setarco and view the latest immense sculpture with them, and my brother after Jules weds him. I'm looking forward to it.

Written By Cerdensulathara

Feb. 17, 2019, 11:20 a.m.(8/4/1010 AR)

Apparently expense reports are not a thing in the whites, I checked. I even ran across someone famous' journals, and noticed a slew of recent replies to another journal entry by someone else. I spent about four hours tracking down all the participants of a conversation. Perhaps another hour debating whether or not they were all in the same confessional or had servants doing the running I was doing. Ultimately I realized I don't care. I don't care about Thrax thrall children or matters of foreign affairs. Not enough to keep myself informed on the opinions of noteworthy citizens. It was rather exhausting.

The Scholar here won't doodle a picture of a horse for me. That's upsetting. What if future students wish to know what my house looked when I finally purchase it?

(Editor's note: She can draw it herself.)

Oh I can? That's acceptable.

Relevant news in my life... I have gained a patron. Her name is Celeste Velenosa, and she is a Lady. I did not get the Grips in front of her, for which I'm thankful, and we had an interesting conversation, mostly about myself. I have been teaching more and more affluent members of the Peerage, and reading mostly history books. It occurred to me that when you are looking back at this, you won't have a real interpretation of who I am without my upbringing. For instance, I know who Sally is. Research a man named Gunther in these journals, someone from the Lowers, some sort of fist throwing romantic. I know his late wife's name, but not much about her. If I ever meet him, I will implore him to let us have the privilege of knowing her too.

Is that crass? Well it could be, you don't know how people will respond to simple pleasures for information. I am unimpressed and uninspired by the lack of format and ultimately depth of my current journals.

It's nice talking to someone who isn't compelled to respond, though. For instance, I was told by a disciple of Jayus that she received a vision from Jayus after creating a personal, meaningful work of art, and then meditating for a long time. I wanted one of these visions, how grand that would be. The only thing I could think of creating was a stuffed unicorn plushie using real human teeth sewn in so it would smile distinctly. It has been weeks, and I cannot get that image out of my head. I see it everywhere I look, now. A fancy dress? All I need is to resew it, dye it white, however tailors do that, and find some stuffing and a horn. A nice man smiles at me? He has all of his teeth, a perfect mouth for my unicorn. It is upsetting. I am going back to absinthe instead of rum, soon...

Unless you think this is a sign Jayus wants me to make this thing? Your silence is likely wise. I don't regret asking you.

Future Scholars, when your artificed peacock is turning these pages for you, remember I was just a normal person, with normal problems, just like you. Anyone can rise to the heights I will, with determination, dedication, hard work, and all of the correct circumstances.

Written By Reigna

Feb. 17, 2019, 11:01 a.m.(8/4/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Elgana

It was Dame Brianne Keaton who forged that alliance of men, elves and dragons. She had the foresight and the vision to reach out to the Sky King and a Duke of the Sylv'alfar, bringing them together and swearing oaths to assist one another. That alliance was what saved us all from the Reckoning and Keaton Keep was built on the site where that convocation took place. It is humbling to think about.

I for one hope to someday, somehow, follow in the footsteps of Dame Brianne Keaton, and reestablish the Promise of Oakhaven.

Written By Jennyva

Feb. 17, 2019, 9:58 a.m.(8/4/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Ajax

The newest "member" of the Shepherd "family": My very first Protege, Ajax!

He's big! He's beefy! He's a sellsword!
... and hopefully he comes house trained.

Written By Jennyva

Feb. 17, 2019, 9:54 a.m.(8/4/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Wyatt

Who has the most handsome and hardworking and best brother in the whole world? Me! I do!

Written By Jennyva

Feb. 17, 2019, 9:50 a.m.(8/4/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Malcolm

You know what's been the biggest surprise since I arrived in Arx? This guy.

He went from being a really really really distant cousin I barely knew to one of my closest friends and allies.

I don't know what I'd do without him.

Also he showers me with presents. He's so thoughtful!

Written By Lorenzo

Feb. 17, 2019, 9:36 a.m.(8/3/1010 AR)

The rather belated reception that Gwenna and I had at Whisper House is something I'll remember forever, I think. Honestly, I do not regret waiting until summer, not in the slightest. Champion Bliss Whisper and Whisper House did an amazing job of planning the event and bringing in everything that was necessary. I'd encourage anyone planning on a wedding reception or similar party to get their assistance. Everyone is talking about the chocolate and icewine, and while they were wonderful, my favorite part was being there with my wonderful wife, among our family and friends. It seemed like we spent much of the party planning for the future and speculating on what we should do next. Of course, there is the Redrain Grand Library, which is in progress. Beyond that, we're making a list.

Written By Klaus

Feb. 17, 2019, 9:36 a.m.(8/3/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Coraline

Coraline wishes to learn to ride better. I am not sure how this is going to end.

Written By Perronne

Feb. 17, 2019, 9:21 a.m.(8/3/1010 AR)

Ah, gods.

Waking up in a hay wagon with a head pounding so hard it sounds like a stampede is no longer as fun as it was ten years ago. Wait, no, the head portion was never fun. Drinking is not a good way to handle sadness. Mistakes were made, judging by the emptiness of my purse, but I don't remember any of them.

I think, after finishing this, I'm going to drag myself to a bathhouse, then go home and try to forget THIS side of the day, too.

Written By Quenia

Feb. 17, 2019, 8:45 a.m.(8/3/1010 AR)

Not as many people attended the wine extravaganza as I had thought would come. Several who were excited, never showed. It made for a quiet, intimate evening with a handful of people, and allowed me a chance to get to know my future cousin-in-law a tiny bit better, Lady Juliana. Also, Gianna Whisper, the Nightinggale of the Bard's College, deigned to play for us. Her music, as ever, was wonderful and enchanting. I am thankful she made the offer, even if it was the clavichord in our great hall that lured her to make such an offer. There was talk of fashion, jewelry, and whimsical discussion about potential marriage arrangements, started by Lady Olivia and encouraged by Princess Alarissa; of which I had to assure everyone I'm not deigning to arrange any marriages any time soon, as there was somehow a fear I was using this event for such a thing. I was not. We also got to learn of Lord Sebastian's project, of the Titan in Setarco. I am grateful to those guests who could make it, and also to Count Duarte, who entertained my cousin, Lady Videl, with a dance before the evening was done. Of course, then he claimed a dance with me as well. Lord Theron greatly enjoyed the wine, and I was glad to see that Lucita allowed herself time to attend the event, getting a few rare moments away from her house and children to do so. All in all, it was a grand time.

However, now I'm left more with wine than I know what to do with. I had planned for more guests, and we have over 2/3 stock left of our Zephyr's of Spring white wine, peach wine, and black cherry and black currant wine. I'll need to figure out how to repurpose it all somehow somehow. Maybe gifts, perhaps. Though I'm not certain I know quite that many people to gift it out. I do hope that those who took the bottles truly enjoy them.

I must try harder, next time, to lure people to wine events. Or, maybe rethink having them at all in the future. There is much to think about in regards to this.

Written By Willow

Feb. 17, 2019, 8:21 a.m.(8/3/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Brady

One of the best people I have ever met. Brave and kind and hilarious, generous, thoughtful. He means so much to me.

Written By Preston

Feb. 17, 2019, 8:02 a.m.(8/3/1010 AR)

The armour is loaded, the weapons stowed, the troops will soon begin their march. The unknown is what awaits us in the Oathlands. How many will answer the call, how many will we face in turn.

Written By Domonico

Feb. 17, 2019, 7:41 a.m.(8/3/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Jasher

Congratulations to Prince Jasher Thrax for besting me in the ring. I'm particularly impressed that he used my own technique against me with the spear. Rest assured that technique will not work again.

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