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Written By Hadrian

July 16, 2016, 12:54 a.m.(1/13/1004 AR)

The Gala was everything I expected and a few things I didn't. Flowers, wine, dancing, respect for the deceased - expected. There were several statements with implications I found surprising, and some that were surprising in themselves.

Most of all, though, I believe Duke Niccolo surprised everyone with his announcement of a tournament. I was listening very closely, however, and I don't think he said what people are taking him to mean.

He said that anyone who wished to marry Grand Duchess Esera must be willing to spill his blood for her. He said that he would not give even a moment's consideration to any would-be suitor who did not risk himself in his tournament.

Allow me to be direct at the risk of sounding gauche, gentle reader: he did _not_ promise or imply an offer of Esera Velenosa's hand in marriage to the winner of the tournament. Consider that for a moment.

Was that his intention, if not his words? I don't think so. It sounds as though he wants to recreate the partnership he shared with Duchess Carlotta Velenosa - and maybe he does. Any good man would wish the best for his daughter. It will certainly give proof to a suitor's dedication.

If it works out, it will be, as Princess Ophelia said, "so-o-o romantic." I hope it turns out as he hopes.

Written By Isolde

July 16, 2016, 12:13 a.m.(1/13/1004 AR)

I will need to remember to do something nice for Kima, Calista, and Hadrian. They kept me sane during the Gala. It was a kindness I can't even express, to be honest. I'm sure eventually I'll have time to grieve properly. Perhaps. But as it is, it was a lovely evening, even if I could sleep for days afterward.

Written By Bliss

July 16, 2016, 12:13 a.m.(1/13/1004 AR)



    Duke Hadrian requested that I perform at a Celebration of Arts for him. Never missing a chance to show off, and of course I enjoy the arts, I could not refuse (though I could not do it for free). I performed admirably, even for me. Praise for my work was abundant. Another poor woman, scheduled to dance after me, broke down on stage and ran off, certain she could not match my work. I felt a little bad. Only a little.

Written By Isolde

July 16, 2016, 12:12 a.m.(1/13/1004 AR)

We had Mama's memorial. I tried my best to make sure that it went smoothly, and for the most part it did. Papa announced his intention to have a Tournament for Esera's hand. I'll have to work with him to make sure we can... weed out the undesirables. I want Esera to be happy, not chained to someone stupid, but good with a blade. She needs someone to match her skill and intelligence. It's a tall order. I may just have unreasonable expectations. She's far too good for anyone but perfection.

Written By Rohkir

July 15, 2016, 8:55 p.m.(1/13/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Morrighan

It's hard to deny she's helpful. She's much more courteous than I first thought; now though, I begin to realize what that stems from, and that only elevates my concern. Perhaps I'm wrong; it hardly matters either way. She has been helpful though, and I don't forget the people who help me.

Written By Rohkir

July 15, 2016, 8:50 p.m.(1/13/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Freja

I hardly think I could have asked for an interesting balance of traits in a cousin, now that she's grown up a good bit since we last spoke. It's strange how much people can change in the matter of a few years. The greatest compliment I can pay her is that she isn't bound up in the past. She gets the idea; that though there is loss, struggle, and often grief, it's just as important that we keep on going without letting all of that negativity wear on us too much. It damages morale. We can't afford that in times like these.

Written By Rohkir

July 15, 2016, 8:37 p.m.(1/13/1004 AR)

Things took a turn not even I expected; how could I have? I'm fresh back from the wastes, and tired. I'm worn. Yet, there is never any rest for the wicked, is there? Onward I must go. I've upped my training, as it's time I improve some more. Sadly, I do not lack for trouble to be found. I cannot see these events playing out with a positive motion, no matter how I spin it. I'll need more coin, more efforts, and above all else, a few friends in high places in the times to come. Such a struggle, when everyone is always suggesting the other to be the one to cut you down at their earliest convenience. Oh, but she is lovely to look at.

Written By Deva

July 15, 2016, 6:11 p.m.(1/13/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Vercyn

Wolves are fiercely protective of their own, and Duke Halfshav is no exception. My father trusted him to lead our forces into battle, and it seems to have been well-placed. Vercyn has been a family friend for ages, and I quite admire him: he can hold his whiskey like a true northman, and his eye for strategy is second to none. I hope to learn a lot from him.

Written By Valencia

July 15, 2016, 3:57 p.m.(1/12/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Deva

Princess Deva is my fellow Voice within the Redrain family, and though I've never been fond of sharing the spotlight, I have to admit it's something of a brilliant arrangement. She's the voice of the untamed North, and I speak with the southern tongue so familiar to our allies. Between the two of us, we'll aid Darren in bringing the Abandoned to heel and showing the rest of Arvum a thing or two as well. Now if only I can get her to sit still and allow Lydia to brush her hair.

Written By Valencia

July 15, 2016, 3:52 p.m.(1/12/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Freja

Princess Freja is Fergus' sister, and the two of them are remarkably similar in disposition, though I suspect for markedly different reasons. She was once the Sword of Farhaven, I'll admit I'm a bit curious as to how Fergus wound up with the appointment instead. Perhaps I'll ask about it once I've gotten to know her better.

Written By Enzo

July 15, 2016, 3:20 p.m.(1/12/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Niccolo

This nobleman was most generous to offer not just more than decent tips, but also a possibility to become my patron. It's always a pleasure to be of services to kind and generous customers.

Written By Donella

July 15, 2016, 3:16 p.m.(1/12/1004 AR)

I visited the Valardin district, and met Prince Aurelian Valardin again, this time out by their cairn. At least they think it is a cairn to bury the follen from a millennium ago; who can say without looking? An interesting mystery, though for me to wool-gather about. It has a dragon sigil scratched into the slab, but it is so crudely rendered, I wonder if it is meant to signify something else? Apparently, I am "not the worst princess" that he has ever seen. I do not know whether I ought be offended or flattered. I think he meant it neutrally.

Written By Alarie

July 14, 2016, 11:36 p.m.(1/10/1004 AR)

I have obtained some lovely bits of coral from Thraxian sailors on the piers. These little gems will help me in my endeavors to help the Thraxian merchants. The Merchants seem to have been encountering some bits of prejudice from the rest of the city since the King has fallen into his coma. I am hoping these bits of coral will go far in allowing people the chance to not only see, but touch and be reminded of the rare treasures Thraxian merhcants have to offer.

Written By Fiora

July 14, 2016, 7:49 a.m.(1/8/1004 AR)

I was invited by cousin to attend an event he set up to showcase the artists of the city and their works. It was... interesting. Meeting new people made it difficult to sit back and enjoy the performances, but it was interesting to see I was hardly alone in being a socially-awkward wallflower.

Sometimes I think I should take up a hobby like dancing or painting, then I remember it requires creativity to do not often practice.

Written By Acacia

July 14, 2016, 4:33 a.m.(1/8/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Tyrene

Miss Macally strikes me as a hard-headed kind of woman; the type that would smack the biggest man around if he gave her any lip and then try to lecture him about the ways of the world. She's years beyond how she looks, which means when she truly gets old, everyone should probably steer clear. But she's also gotten herself a place to nest down in and claim, has genuine goals, and while perhaps we don't see eye to eye on everything - we likely do on some of the important things. I imagine she'll have my support more often than not, so long neither of us ends up shoving the other into the Grey River before we finish talking about it. What can I say? I like her a fair bit.

Written By Acacia

July 14, 2016, 4:21 a.m.(1/8/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Alrec

Admiral Alrec appeared in Arx with the combination of seafaring command, acquired power and plenty of experience. And as none of the descriptions of him had been prefaced by 'one-legged', 'one-eyed' or 'gimpy', I'd cultivated some pretty high expectations. The start might've been a touch rocky between the two of us, breathing the memory of the sea alongside him was refreshing. Although the reflections we each have from those tumultuous waves are remarkably different, there's an unspoken accord there I'd like to foster. He might not end up the person I'd run away with, but had he been Borough-Born, I can imagine chasing him through his ambitions. Those leathers though? They're exceptionally well made, but--

Written By Kima

July 14, 2016, 12:14 a.m.(1/7/1004 AR)

The Duke put on a gala for art appreciation. If I'm honest the majority of the people to populate it were fellow Lycenes, which I can't say is surprising. I mean, we're a people of wealth and taste, after all. It went over well, even if the ribbon dancer had a meltdown and fled the stage before wrapping Bliss Whisper up in her silk. Calypso seemed a bit disappointed no one was eager to tear out the throat of another.

I ask myself: what has she been getting up to down in Southport while free of her brother's shadow?

Anyway, good food, good wine, good art and artists. One may think I'm just saying that due to the obvious reasons, but it's the truth. After all, a Whisper was there to perform. And not just any Whisper, the Champion Whisper.

Written By Kima

July 13, 2016, 7:48 p.m.(1/7/1004 AR)

Here's a question I want to pose: why care about women in their capacity as mothers if you don't care about children? Why does it matter if some northern maid takes up the bear wrestling call rather than push out cubs if, as soon as they're born, you forget about them? I'm not mother material, and may never be, but at least I won't harden my heart against some little kid just because their parents had the indecency to abandon them by dying or something.

Written By Donella

July 12, 2016, 10:27 p.m.(1/4/1004 AR)

I have come to enjoy Victus's company. I know well he doesn't approve of me; and that's alright, because I don't need his approval. But I do appreciate the way he thinks. We talked for a time about Darkwater, the bejeweled war axe made of "elf-steel" that he took from battle with the Tyde. At least we both agree that such a thing must be a "she," we two hounds of the same master's kennel.

Written By Viviana

July 12, 2016, 11:28 a.m.(1/3/1004 AR)


Viviana's Minimum Courting Requirements:
1) Pure noble blood dating back to at least the reckoning.
2) Dangerous(And a little bit scary.)
3) Witty.
4) Handsome.
5) Wealthy.
6) Owns at least once nice suit.
7) A bicep I can't fit my hand all the way around.
8)At least six feet tall.

Is that really so much to ask?

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