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Written By Freja

Oct. 30, 2016, 9:56 p.m.(12/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Natalia

The Grayson approached me for tea, of all things, to start of with. How she got my name or who put it in the hat for her, I do not know. What was an unexpected evening turned into a pleasant one and an oddly sparked friendship. Apparently, her list of grievances and insults incurred is to be given to me to deal with. I think some would call that the equivalent of a 'hit list', but without the gravity of death.

I think I like her because unlike most here in the South, she doesn't seem preoccupied with trying to get me in silks - or out of them for that matter. She is unapologetically herself, flawlessly. I may not be one for weaknesses, but one weakness most seem to have is putting me in the bracket of only being able to recognize martial strengths. The Princess won't be riding into battle or wielding a sword alongside me by any stretch of the imagination, but she does have her own arsenal of another sort. Not all wars are won by steel stained crimson.

Written By Niccolo

Oct. 30, 2016, 9:30 p.m.(12/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Natalia

It is too early to decide how I feel about Princess Natalia. She is interesting, self-assured, gracious. But I'm curious about what lies beneath the easy smiles. She seems to have made it a point to get to know most people that should be known in the city.

Perhaps fashion is not the only thing in her mind.

Written By Viktarkim

Oct. 30, 2016, 9:27 p.m.(12/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Eithne

Armorer, working on a set of armor for me even if it has to be one piece at a time.

Written By Dagon

Oct. 30, 2016, 8:50 p.m.(12/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Natalia

The Princess is an interesting person. Aside from the high opinion that she has of herself, I do rather enjoy the time I spent with her during this outdoor excursion. I think it amusing that she seems so intent on having me purchase her some sort of trinket or bauble. I wonder if many ladies in the city are like that. Silver should be invested more in arms and armor, things of practicality than in gaudy baubles, but to each their own, I suppose.

Written By Lazarus

Oct. 30, 2016, 8:45 p.m.(12/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Dawn

Lady Dawn is the voice of Grayson and has always provided our family with the support it needs to establish themselves in Arx. It is through her grace that we operate with the freedom we are entitled among the Grayson ward. That freedom made us rich but it there is more than just wealth. Lady Dawn respects my business decisions and supports my endeveaours. Without it I would not have been able to prove my worth to my father. He sleeps peacefully with me at the helm. Rest the old man deserves. Thank you Voice of Grayson. House Mercier stands with you.

Written By Lazarus

Oct. 30, 2016, 8:32 p.m.(12/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Samantha

Samantha is a childhood friend of the Mercier. Our families' wealth closely interwined. In response to the Deepwood Massacre, the House of Mercier stands in support of the Vassal of Bisland, Deepwood and Marquessa Samantha Deepwood. They provide us with excellent wood material to work with. Every house in Mercier is made from Deepwood.

Written By Lazarus

Oct. 30, 2016, 8:10 p.m.(12/25/1004 AR)

Sir Silas held a Mercier tea tasting that was both very lucrative and informative. I was able to meet very important nobles from House Valardrin, Grayson, and important vassals. My expertise was given an opportunity to be tested by the guest, which I highly appreciate, and feel I perform appropiately. A very good night indeed.

Written By Ida

Oct. 30, 2016, 8:06 p.m.(12/25/1004 AR)

Sometimes I begin a craft with a decided emotion hanging over me, or simply no end-result in mind. I let feelings move my hands and sometimes I end up with a beautiful weapon, like the sword I called 'ugly sword' in my head, which Mistress Acacia seemed to love. Truth be told? I loved that oaths be damned sword, too, once it was finished.

Today, I crafted a knife with a somewhat similar passion in my heart. While I am pleased with the result beyond words, it is definitely one of those things that came out much differently than what I originally had in my head when the fires were stoked for work.

Like Ugly Sword, though, I love it.

Written By Ophelia

Oct. 30, 2016, 8 p.m.(12/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Freja

Princess Freja is a delight! And how fortuitous that she is here in Arx! She is stacked with wisdom and she even killed a bear herself - with a sword, no less! Right in the eye! It went splurt! Or was it splut?

The North might say that weakness is not tolerated, but I would rather be weak and warm and have all my toes than strong and cold and toeless. It would be so very-very awful if one were missing their toes, after all. Climbing with stubby little things would be terrible, forget digging them in the sand and tip-toeing to sneak out would be completely out of the question. Awful!

So a white bear headdress to match hers is off the table. But maybe a nice fawn-colored brown bear? Or a dark brown? Or a ... well. I'm sure there's a seamstress or a leatherworker out there that is able to come up with more shades of brown.

But oh! If Princess Deva will also kill a bear, we can be triplets! Wouldn't that be wonderful? I just need Luca to hold the bear off with his very fearsome self (with a bunch of other people) so I can shoot it without fear of it rampaging. Yay!

Inspiration truly can come from anywhere and Princess Freja is certainly inspiring.

Written By Jarek

Oct. 30, 2016, 7:17 p.m.(12/25/1004 AR)

Darkness engulfing the land, horror lurking at the edges. Deep in the unknown parts of the world terrifying and strange things happen. Yet those who believe this and consider it a concern seem so unwilling to actually do anything about it or only wish to work in bits and pieces. Insults I am used to, but it has been odd seeing two different men disregard not only me but The Flame and the gods entirely when talking about this darkness and terror. Healing and fire? Light and passion? Men are only mortal, the gods are eternal, shall we not forget that?

Written By Darren

Oct. 30, 2016, 7:07 p.m.(12/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Sophie

Princess Sophie Valardian likes tea. I don't understand the obsession; I think tea tastes like dirt flavoured water. She invited me to High Tea in the near future. I have no idea what that means, but I doubt it has anything to do with drinking tea while perched upon a high cliff or high tower, which means it sounds altogether far less entertaining than I've made it out to be in my head.

Written By Edain

Oct. 30, 2016, 5:29 p.m.(12/25/1004 AR)

Princess Isabeau hosted an amazing Gala and Ball at the Valardin Manor. It was so strange seeing the Vow decorated so? festively. I am used to it being far more somber, but it was a welcome change. Not every day mind you, but nice for a time.

I made some rounds early on to greet the visitors, and the event was well attended and near as I could tell everyone had a good time. I faded into the background very quickly. Such social events will never be my arena I fear.

Princess Isabeau, Prince Beaumont, and even Princess Sophie, who I think enjoys social events less than her siblings, were all amazing ambassadors for the family and made sure everyone felt welcome. I am quite proud of them. Princess Isabeau in particular shows promise not just as an event planner but as a diplomat that can reach across family lines in a way I cannot. One day we may even call her our Luminary.

Written By Edain

Oct. 30, 2016, 5:06 p.m.(12/25/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Jarek

I have had the opportunity to meet one Prince Jarek Velenosa. I must admit I found him surprisingly pleasant and less? well I guess there is no delicate way to put it, less pretentious than I would expect of a noble of the Lyceum without the burden of rule hanging over him. He is a bit of a wanderer as well which makes me think fondly, if with regret, of my brief time as an errant knight before the Tragedy.

Written By Cassius

Oct. 30, 2016, 5:05 p.m.(12/25/1004 AR)

With winter coming on and the summer ending, I have begun a drive to obtain extra wool to make warm cloaks for the poor and infirm in the House of Solace. I have sent two sailing men in my employ up the river to gather wool donations from my family's vassals, as they are godly folk who understand the cutting cold.

Written By Cassius

Oct. 30, 2016, 5:03 p.m.(12/25/1004 AR)

I met Lydia today after my shift at the House of Solace. Later in the afternoon we were joined by Nadia, and thusly we went to patronize the woman Joscelin, whom has made our signet rings like father had before his disappearance. They are most fine, and have a hammer and mountains on their effacement. Quite fine! And we went to the woman Ida and purchased a fine sword for me, as the work of Stonedeep's blacksmith cannot exceed that of the city's smiths. It is decorated as if it were made of ice, and the quality is fine.

Written By Gisele

Oct. 30, 2016, 5 p.m.(12/25/1004 AR)

My shop is now relocated to Thrax Row, and reopened with much of my earlier stocked replaced on the shelves. A busier week I have never had and I am grateful to once again have four walls and a roof around me. One whirlwind week a decade is enough to convince me that I would much rather remain home with a paintbrush in hand and pages opened in front of me than to be out and about.

Master Benjamin Carver is to be thanked for allowing the outright purchase of the little building in which I find myself. He offered a loan with such glowing terms that I was amazed that one person could be so generous. If sales remain as steady as they have been these last days, I should be able to repay him in no more than a few months.

Forced to set my work aside and socialize, I don't think I made too much of a fool of myself this week. The Voice of Thrax has made overtures of patronage and expressed some admiration for my work. A Master Aureth Grayhope will be sending commissions to me in the future, and several others have written to express interest in either my stock or future business possibilities. It all rather makes me want to hide in a closet but fortunately I need not venture out again any time soon, and much of my business can be conducted through messengers.

Now, to begin my Hall of Heroes series.

Written By Ida

Oct. 30, 2016, 4:47 p.m.(12/25/1004 AR)

My first afternoon back in the shop brought distraction, but rather welcome at that. Prince Abbas Thrax, who looks exactly as though his reputation were made into flesh, came to commission an axe. Lord Victus recommended me. I was briefly surprised, but it seems my skills and availability are just better than other options for the moment. Still something to be honored by, I believe. It was a good discussion. His Highness knows exactly what he wants and didn't dance around explaining as much to me. I enjoyed the meeting.

The ever lovely Duchess Nadia Nightgold also graced my shop while Prince Abbas and I were concluding business. Her wolf-pup, Enigma, is a darling! Though surely will rip off someone's arm some day like a toy, once she is fully grown. It's always a delight to cross paths with the Duchess.

As though his ears were burning, the very Lord Victus Thrax also crossed my threshold, just as the other two were preparing to make their exits. I suspect I will never understand the famed general and am given to wonder why I bother to attempt friendly conversation with him. Perhaps it is because he respects my work, or so I think. It's likely I'll learn how to forge alaricite long before I learn how to forge a relationship of some sort with Lord Victus.

Written By Ida

Oct. 30, 2016, 4:31 p.m.(12/24/1004 AR)

I have not written as my mood seems to be leaning vaguely toward maudlin and I'd rather drink such things away than write about them. Maudlin may be too strong a word, really, but close enough. Likely, the visit to the hamlet near Sanctum is what's brought it about, but I'm back and will be equally hidden away catching up on work, as well as attempting rubicund yet again. Sometimes it feels like I'm always looking for something.

Written By Myrinda

Oct. 30, 2016, 3:34 p.m.(12/24/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Esera

Well, if I am going to get to dress one of the five leaders of the Compact, I'd rather it was her than the old coot Donrai or a Valardin that'd insist everything be armor.

So I took her offer of patronage.

At least she'll look stunning as a canvas for my work.

Written By Natalia

Oct. 30, 2016, 1:53 p.m.(12/24/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Niccolo

The Duke always seems charming when we have met. It seems that our schedules keep us from ever getting to the actual tea portion of our meetings. It helps that we are both normally running into messengers and people that need our time. It will happen eventually and we will sit down for a pleasant conversation.

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