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Written By Deva

July 20, 2016, 10:05 p.m.(1/28/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Esera

Once upon a time, High King Alaric confused Princess Esera and I on a tour of the palace. We couldn't look or behave any less alike, but it was great fun letting him go on as he did. It was the start of a beautiful friendship, and hopefully positive ties between North and South. It's hard, losing a parent under such mysterious circumstances as we did. I know she shares the same, aching pain.

Written By Isolde

July 19, 2016, 5:17 p.m.(1/24/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Alarissa

Oh, the sweet girl thinks she can spar with me, with words and socially. She's utterly sweet. I may just keep her for my own.

Written By Dorian

July 19, 2016, 1:02 p.m.(1/24/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Gareth

This fellow seems powerful, and potentially dangerous, if you end up on the wrong side of him of course. Fortunately I know how to stay on the right side of those like him, for the most part at least. He's compensated me well to be on retainer to him, that is to always fight for him when he needs it, and he's promised good compensation for my services in the future as well. Hey, money is tight, and it was a great offer.

Written By Acacia

July 19, 2016, 10:53 a.m.(1/24/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Malavaunt

I had never really entered Master Malavaunt's shop in my past, though I'd seen it numerous times. Greeting him at the Rite was a rare and welcome treat, if not only for his willingness to wager with me, but the distraction provided in conversation, as well. Oh, the man certainly has his quirks, but the value of his leathers remains unquestionable. And what else would one ask for in a tanner?

Written By Viviana

July 19, 2016, 9:27 a.m.(1/23/1004 AR)

I have high hopes that many of the combatants and competitors of the Decathlon will fight with a token of favor from one of the ladies, or even lords of the court. I am unsure how common it is in Arx, but back home it is a large part of the excitement of a competition or duel.

Before the contest is to begin the challengers will approach those in the crowd to ask for their favor, it's very common for the ladies to hold up some token before hand though to make it clear to the challengers they are willing to give out a token of their favor but not all do that. In theory a lady might refuse to give one out, but in practice this almost never happens as it's quite awkward for all involved. How valuable and personal the token is shows the degree of favor the lady shows for her champion. A simple ribbon or kerchief is the standard, but items of clothing or personal jewelry can be offered for those one particularly favors. You risk whatever you hand over being damaged in the conflict you see, so the more valuable it is to you the more invested you are in your champion. After the conflict is over the challenger will return the token, although it is not unheard of for ladies to refuse the return and allow them to keep it instead, that is also a sign of particular favor.

Some think that a sign of favor is a romantic overture, and sometimes it is that, it is not unheard of for champions to return the token to the lady after the event is over in the lady's bedchamber for instance. But in truth it can and usually does show any kind of favor, that for family, or for friendship or for loyalty. Alliances have been cemented with the bestowing of a precious favor.

The tradition began during war time, when ladies would give precious items to warriors about to leave to go to war, entrusting the warrior to bring the item back to them as a way to ensure they returned home safely. Then became part of duels, and finally a part of all contests. I can only speak for my own region of course, I know not the traditions of elsewhere, still I can't help but hope the practice becomes popular, it can add so much more romance and intrigue to the battles of skill that we all so enjoy, you are never so enraptured by a duel as you are when one of the fighters has your token wrapped around the hilt of his sword. It also can be a wonderful source of gossip.

Written By Acacia

July 18, 2016, 8:06 p.m.(1/22/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Gareth

Prince Inquisitor Gareth Grayson is a man who stands true to his beliefs. No one in their right mind would seek to cross him. Perhaps fewer still to think of wooing his friendship. He has deep pockets and a keen mind, both of which I'd naturally prefer out of the Boroughs.

Written By Jaenelle

July 18, 2016, 6:17 p.m.(1/22/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Barric

Barric is the man that all the story books about dashing Princes are written about. He is honorable, charming, and enjoyable company. I met him upon returning to the city, and he has been very easy to get along with on those random rare encounters that we see one another. He certainly owes me a dance.

Written By Alarie

July 18, 2016, 5:32 p.m.(1/21/1004 AR)

I am now the proud owner of my very own shop! It is also on some prize bit of land, just northeast of the center of the city. PEope of all walks of life can come visit my shop here. I have named it the Fashion Boutique. Okay, I know it is not a very creative name, however everyone will know exactly what is being sold within. I am really excited with the possibilities that will arise with owning this shop!

Written By Alarie

July 18, 2016, 5:24 p.m.(1/21/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Fergus

The first time I met this prince, he belittled me in public. He made comments about my abilities as a tailor based on the fact I did not own a shop at that time and also because I had not learned how to work with leather yet. This really bothers me. Later, he sends me a message demanding my services. I think I will do the services just to spite him and show him the level of craftsmanship I can do.

Written By Dorian

July 18, 2016, 5:14 p.m.(1/21/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Alarie

Alarie is a cute clothier that Dorian met at a tavern one night. They have a friendly relationship and are on good terms.

Written By Jaenelle

July 18, 2016, 2:59 p.m.(1/21/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Freja

When I grow up, I wish to be like Princess Freja. She is capable and smart, and looks as if you'd think twice before you tried to cross her. We are two very different people, but she has been one of the few people in the city who appears genuine, as if she says exactly how she feels without apologies and expects the same from those around her. It must be a Redrain trait that my father did not pass down to me, as I am much more comfortable with social niceties. We have much to learn from one another.

Written By Rohkir

July 18, 2016, 3:44 a.m.(1/20/1004 AR)

Smiling faces and harsh whispers. Some people would rather hide behind lies and excuses. It suits them better anyhow. That's their core. Be mindful of shadows, walker in the wood, for they writhe.

Written By Gustave

July 18, 2016, 12:45 a.m.(1/19/1004 AR)

I seldom bother with journals of the Black. I am not so presumptuous as to think any of my thoughts are particularly worthy of secrecy or great solemnity, and most of what I think and write has probably has been thought and written before usually with far greater eloquence. So I write, mostly as an exercise in sanity and maybe so that the next hayseed may find some value in it. In all likelihood it will become one long treatise on fatherhood, rural versus city living, and pikes. Maybe also a few recipes. I worry about how these scholars eat.

Written By Gustave

July 18, 2016, 12:11 a.m.(1/19/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Talen

It was proposed by the Sword of Lenosia that in lieu of my atrocious riding, I should simply stand on the ground and thrust my spear at the relevant moment and thus joust in that manner. Not sure if this is a brilliant idea or a means for his own amusement. I will note that his strikes are surprisingly potent despite our difference in size and muscle, and I would be loath to face him in single combat again. A gracious winner and potentially a wise man. Good company if I can keep his sword pointed the other way.

Written By Bliss

July 18, 2016, 12:01 a.m.(1/19/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Viviana

It seems she was impressed by my showing at a tournament. That, and Talen talked me up a bit allegedly. She's taken the role as my patron and temporarily gets preferred choice of my company at any events in payment for a suit of armor.

Written By Gustave

July 17, 2016, 11:51 p.m.(1/19/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Calista

The Fidante girl has a charm and grace about her I find troublesome. She has a way about her that makes people talk, and seems to have a more than fair skill at listening. Think she may be a bit tiny to handle one of our brews, but I did promise her a taste. Not sure if I should be terrified or hope Sigrun to grow up to be like her. Certainly she may be a coconspirator if I must make increasingly grand gestures to placate the young lady whom my world revolves around, though her talent for creating elaborate setups simply to amuse a little girl makes me wonder what she would be capable of if crossed. Lovely, agreeable, and thus completely and utterly dangerous.

Written By Gustave

July 17, 2016, 11:38 p.m.(1/19/1004 AR)

Attempted to school Victus and some of his men in the pike. Five or six men does not a formation make, so offered to show him what it looks like when you have rows and depth. Learned much of how our peoples go to war and prove themselves. He seems to want to compete, to learn new things to prove himself, though..,what does he have left to prove, I wonder? He is acknowledged. He has built a fleet. These are laurels enough for any lesser man. The problem with such men is that they give little thought to what happens after the fact. Whether it be family or a subordinate, there must be some thought to the future. Lightning may not strike twice, but the fires of brilliance can at least be kept flamed by competent successors.

Written By Calista

July 17, 2016, 11:20 p.m.(1/19/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Gustave

The Blackram Marquis is someone I've only recently met. I know he has a daughter who wishes for him to romance a Lycene woman, compete in chivalrous tournaments, and be some sort of Prince Charming type. She sounds absolutely adorable. The Marquis is not really adorable. I'd say he's rough around the edges with his manner of dress and appearance, but, he has manners and makes for a wonderful conversationalist.

Written By Calista

July 17, 2016, 11:16 p.m.(1/19/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Kima

Lady Kima Saik is Hadrian's close confidant. It would behoove me not to trust her the way I don't trust him, but she is so damn likable. Theirs is an interesting friendship. I'm not sure if there's any secret romance between them or not. Kima seems like a woman who knows what she wants and gets it. I'm not sure I could imagine Kima and Hadrian in the throes of passion and frankly, I'm not sure I want to. *shivers* But regardless, Lady Kima is someone I can see having quite a bit of fun with. Just because she's Hadrian's buddy doesn't mean she can't be mine, too.

Written By Calista

July 17, 2016, 11:13 p.m.(1/19/1004 AR)

House Velenosa spared no expense on this rich and lavish soiree held in honor of former Arch Duchess Carlotta. Everyone was there. Everyone except a representation from Thrax. It could be circumstantial they were not available for the event but it does seem odd. I was feeling overwhelmed with all the people in attendance and decided to slink into a shadowy alcove for a bit in order to watch people come and go. It felt very comfortable there and both Lady Kima and Prince Barric joined me after some time

As the night progressed and there was more dancing to be had, Princess Isolde called for me to dance with Master Talen. How could I have refused this invitation? The man is an impeccable dancer. I enjoyed my time at the party and it seemed everyone else did as well. Duke Niccolo announced hosting a tournament for all those interested in potentially pursuing Arch Duchess Esera's hand in marriage. The tournament promises all and nothing and yet it was interesting to watch the initial reaction from the guests. My bet is Prince Rohkir and Duke Hadrian will make moves on their own whether through this tournament or not. Both seem very interested in joining Esera on the Arch Duchess throne. Perhaps they dream of being kept men. It's not such a terrible idea after all.

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