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Written By Juliet

Oct. 30, 2016, 1:45 p.m.(12/24/1004 AR)

I have in my room a glass vase, long and slender. Fit to hold a single flower.

The flower it holds is singular too, though its stem is a bit short, and its light is fading, slowly.

It's a very rare bloom, rarely seen, and yet her Grace the Archduchess gave it away without thought, because it made me smile.

It makes me smile still, to look at it; to bring it to the windows under the moonlight, and watch the petals gain their shine still.

This is what is good about Arx.

Written By Juliet

Oct. 30, 2016, 1:37 p.m.(12/24/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Runa

The Lady Runa Hawkmoor makes for interesting companionship. I can see why my cousin keeps her around. Despite some nervousness among groups of people, she clearly has a keen mind and the way she talks inspires one to want to listen to her.

In some ways I envy her. And I know she, in some ways, envy me. But I'm sure our friendship can survive it, and we can be better together.

Written By Horatio

Oct. 30, 2016, 1:10 p.m.(12/24/1004 AR)

The move from Clemenstone to Arx was remarkably uneventful. I still have a great deal of equipment yet to arrive, not to mention my books, but such is the sacrifice I had to make to bring the clippings and animals with me personally. To be sure no moron mishandled them.

The city is as uninteresting as expected, and though the Manor is fine enough I do not think my cousins are all too pleased for sharing the space with my pets. What did they expect? I was not going to leave them to the care of the rest of the family back home, in addition to being sure they are not neglected, they are required for my work.

The only true annoyance is the perpetual presence of Lisette, my cousin's maidservant, who Silas set upon me as my shadow while I am still unfamiliar with the city. A baby-sitter seems more the case, undignified as it is. To even have peace just to come here and note these inane entries I had to back track through the Boroughs, and lose her in the markets in the city centre. I cannot leave the manor for simple damn walk without the woman following me like I am some child and--

-- She's behind me, isn't she?

Written By Horatio

Oct. 30, 2016, 1:08 p.m.(12/24/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Aurora

A costume maker, and tailor. Ultimately, she seems to complicate things that need not be complicated. She seemed to be of a mind she required talking points when she is with me, I do not think that is entirely true. I will note she has been the inspiration for my new appreciation for the theatre; I look forward to attending a late showing with her at some point. And thus far, has proven to be kind with Meandre.

Written By Horatio

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

Relationship Note on Silas

Silas, another of what I feel is a nearly endless list of cousins, is probably one of the more interesting family members. I honestly could not think of a vocation any further from the norm of the Merciers than a knight, an Iron Guard no less.

Well, no one is perfect.

I have seen him spar only once, and I will admit he makes it all seem quite effortless, but no conclusion should be made on a single experiment. I look forward to seeing more of his martial skill. I do appreciate that he has been so welcoming as well as accommodating. He's even tolerant of Meandre when I am certain he is not comfortable about her-- but it is his own fault for leaving wood-pieces about the Manor, she will only think them a place to rest, and if they are in his room that is not her fault.

Written By Horatio

Oct. 30, 2016, 12:39 p.m.(12/24/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Lazarus

I would say I am grateful for my cousin Lazarus taking me in, but I feel that would be something of a falsity born of unnecessary politeness. My Father though is earnestly thankful for it, and told me countless times to reiterate that fact. I am however grateful Lazarus is amenable to that which the rest of my family is not. He has even said he wishes to have a laboratory and nursery built for me so I can continue my work. Likely as a means of expanding the family’s market further. I couldn’t care less, but I look forward to having a private place where I can study and work in peace.

I never particularly spent a lot of time with him as a child, and recall him as the golden child of the family. But he thus far has been accepting of my pets in the Manor, which I am happy with, even when they are let out to roam. I cannot promise Goliah will stop hiding in the paperwork on his desk; she seems to have made herself at home there.

Written By Horatio

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

The tea tasting was precisely what one would expect it to be. Lazarus was in fine form as the charming merchant, and Silas was ever the gracious host. At least with the both of them present I do not have to endure painful pleasantries.

It was not an entirely boring affair though, my date seemed to enjoy herself, or I assume as much. Even if she did seem put out for my (apparently) smiling at the Marquessa; which I don't quite understand. It is not my fault the woman has an appreciation for creatures that deserve appreciation. In any case, at least my cousins seemed happy with the event.

Written By Saedrus

Oct. 30, 2016, 12:23 p.m.(12/24/1004 AR)

It is a shame I missed the tea tasting. I will have to endeavour to attend if there is ever another, and perhaps ask Princess Sophie if she would like to attend also.

Written By Joscelin

Oct. 30, 2016, 11:46 a.m.(12/24/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Orazio

So I wasn't expecting the Lady Dawn to maneuver me into such a position so easily, but then, she is single-handedly doing what it is she does best, so.... I shouldn't have been so surprised. However, I won't let it get the best of me next time. Clever, clever woman.

Another thing I didn't expect: for that silver fox of an Archlector to sweep me across the dance floor like that man -knew- what he was doing. A pleasant surprise, a true one, and I daresay I didn't do too badly myself. I haven't danced at an affair in years and years, but the practice privately has paid off. I don't know how quickly I'd jump into it again, but it's nice to be appreciated.

But it's nothing without a good partner if you aren't the one leading. Orazio Saik did his name proud, and his position too.

Written By Serafine

Oct. 30, 2016, 11:37 a.m.(12/24/1004 AR)

I forgot what it was like to be disapproved of and disliked, all my achievements made simplified by the shallow eyes of lesser folk.

It's good to be home.

Written By Orazio

Oct. 30, 2016, 11:07 a.m.(12/24/1004 AR)

To the Faithful Reader:

Sometimes it is good to set aside the chains of duty for a moment or two, and enjoy revelry on a hot, summer night. House Valardin was kind enough to provide a superb entertainment, and somehow I managed to enjoy myself for several whole hours without thinking about the issues pressing on my soul.

Much of that, I confess, was due to the skill and grace of my dancing partners. Mistress Joscelin and Princess Eleyna Velenosa were kind enough to take an aging priest around the dance floor a couple of times, and I like to think I did not embarrass myself too badly. It was, all in all, a pleasant night.

Written By Victus

Oct. 30, 2016, 10:45 a.m.(12/24/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Sophie

At first I thought she was merely useless. As the hunting trip went on, I amended my opinion to useless liability. By the time we returned back to camp, we'll settle for merely a fucking liability.

Nobody who can gut and dress a kill is completely useless.

Especially when they pay you in drink for protecting their pretty little legs.

Written By Victus

Oct. 30, 2016, 10:43 a.m.(12/24/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Kima

The first time I sparred her, I beat her with ease. There were too many useless flourishes, too many tricks designed not to inflict true damage upon her opponent so much as look fabulous.

Since then I kept beating her as our spars became a routine. She got better, stopped treating it like she was a dancer on a stage meant to draw out the oohs and aaahs of the crowd. Not that she still doesn't grin like a stupid every time she gets a move just right, but at least she lets the move come on its own these days, rather than try to force it.

Its no longer easy to beat her at all.

I suppose if I wanted to kill her I should've done it on the first day. This is the problem with training with those outside of your own House. You never know if you've given away a trick to someone who'll use it against you some day.

Though Thrax being Thrax, heh, I suppose its not as if that's not a risk anyway.

Written By Orazio

Oct. 30, 2016, 10:35 a.m.(12/24/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Serafine

Walked away from her bonds of fealty and blood to play Abandoned in the wilds. As much as I can have sympathy for her losses, I cannot but disapprove of her behavior.

Written By Orazio

Oct. 30, 2016, 10:31 a.m.(12/24/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Victus

Skilled warrior. Not much in the way of social niceties, perhaps, but that sort of forthrightness is sometimes what's needed on the field of battle.

Would gladly spar again with him some time...after I have regained my fighting trim.

Written By Victus

Oct. 30, 2016, 10:29 a.m.(12/24/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Serafine

A Shav with a Velenosa name. A Shav is still a Shav, though, and there are only two things Shavs are good for:

Being made into a thrall or being made into a corpse.

Written By Myrinda

Oct. 30, 2016, 10:28 a.m.(12/24/1004 AR)

This week has been quite hectic in my shop, regardless of what the outside world has seen. One of my assistants just quit! The little twit started crying out of nowhere and then ran out just like that!

Not that she was doing her job properly anyways. I still have messages that she took for me and placed somewhere that I am trying to find and get back to! So I apologize to any clients this may have inconvenienced.

Bah, young people.

Written By Natalia

Oct. 30, 2016, 3:49 a.m.(12/23/1004 AR)

The grand ball was grand. I will give the family that, but... there was a sore middle note to the opera. Perhaps I should have let it go. Normally, I would let it go maybe even laugh, but something about tonight has been off for me.

She announced that my escort would be dancing with whomever wanted most immediately. The break in etiquette so public that she thought I was not worthy to be the prince's first dance? Is it that the house is angry at me? Have I failed them in courtesy in some way? I have thought that I have been friendly to them all, but then to just announce. Before me that my escort would just dance with someone else.

Then he walked over to her. I cannot express my annoyance or dare I say hurt in such matter? Perhaps it was the conversation we were having beforehand that led to this bit of annoyance and I should probably apologize to the Lady, but never let it said that I smile and let it go all the time.

The night went on flawlessly afterwards. So I cannot complain about that and my escort took me home. I am sure that standing on etiquette made me a few or more less than friends, but of all places and all families that the etiquette broke at.

Oh well, we are not always at our best all nights I suppose. It was a good night and it was a grand ball. That is where the focus should be.

Written By Joscelin

Oct. 29, 2016, 9:30 p.m.(12/22/1004 AR)

She made me dance. That delightful wench -made me dance-.

I'm going to get her back. Oh yes. I will.

Written By Natalia

Oct. 29, 2016, 7:18 p.m.(12/22/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Alistair

I admit I did not know he was a Prodigal when I invited him for tea. Perhaps an error on my part. I did find him rather interesting for conversation as a tea partner. We are sure to have to do this again.

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