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Written By Raimon

June 9, 2021, 10:49 p.m.(8/17/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Haakon

Den Langen Drager

Dragon Islands
Drawn-out Chain
Bloody Beaches,
Blighted Reign

Shouting Forests:
Angry Shavs!
Spiteful Remnants,
Splintered Halves ...

Vengeful Rebels,
Victims Rent
Stalwart Shieldwall's
Valor Spent

Spearhafts Shattered,
Shackles Loosed
Captives Trammeled,
Traitors Noosed

The Fight concludes;
A Banner Felled
A Hewn-down Post's
Position held

Ivan's Remnant,
Routed, Flees
An Emptied Camp, nigh
Calm Grey Seas

Written By Thea

June 9, 2021, 9:03 p.m.(8/17/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Kaia

I feel you should talk to my brother about his art choices...

Written By Piccola

June 9, 2021, 8:29 p.m.(8/17/1015 AR)

A wise general told me these things, which have taught me much of power.

"Malice delights to darken the souls of the ascendant."

"It is better to deserve a title than to have it."

"Those free from common fears acquire others."

And I have learned there is nothing more terrifying what is possible.

Written By Sydney

June 9, 2021, 5:49 p.m.(8/17/1015 AR)

Violence need not be your last resort, but lethal force should arise only of necessity.

To those who fail to see the difference, I am available for lessons.

Written By Cufre

June 9, 2021, 3:59 p.m.(8/17/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Felicia

Growing up without much of anything but a family that always sticks together, it's easy to forget that that bit's worth way more than what's scarce. We're all so different, all off doing our separate things, but when I need someone I can trust, I know where to go. Always.

So if me doing my things ever thrust me into the Queen's embrace (again?), Felicia has the right to let my black journal bore her to tears. Though, let's face it, she's going before I do.

Written By Medeia

June 9, 2021, 3:58 p.m.(8/17/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Thesbe

I have had the pleasure of learning that Mistress Thesbe is not only a seamstress, but also an archer! When first we met, we spoke on her work, a bit on her life, and we found that there are plentiful things we share in common. At least, things enough like goals and beliefs to build a working relationship upon. A solid foundation, that. And then she visited again, with her cat - Linx, whose fur looks so very soft. And she mentioned that she was going to participate in the tournament. I wasn't able to attend, but I hear the competition was spectacular! Having now taken this in-demand seamstress as a protege, I look forward to the opportunities that exist for us both. Though, I still don't think I'll be taking up bow and arrow anytime soon.

Written By Lianne

June 9, 2021, 3:20 p.m.(8/17/1015 AR)

When I began writing this, I thought I'd speak to my birthday celebrations. Today marks the tenth I'll celebrate here in the capital. Perhaps I'd mention how Belladonna and I would celebrate together, our birthdays only four days apart, with grand parties in the walled gardens behind the old Pravus Manor. Maybe I'd mention how touched I was by the book Beatrice made for me five years ago, or how meaningful I found the pair of necklaces I received last year. It certainly tells a story: a bright beginning which seems so distant now; a loss so grave it nearly broke me; a recovery in the form of simple friendships. Perhaps that's enough.

Still, it's been ten years now. A whole decade of my life calling Arx home. I put stars over my bed then, glass shards to show the constellations over Setarco in the summer, and I have stars over my bed now, a summer night in Nilanza painted upon the ceiling, a means of keeping my other homes close despite the infrequency of visits.

I was so curious then. I'd wanted to learn absolutely everything, to crack the Dream open and drink up all it had to offer. A recipe for drowning, surely. I've since learned how to pace myself, how to focus on what truly intrigues me and let the all the rest go. Perhaps not entirely. It does help to know who knows what, to keep company with those who pursue curiosities beyond my own. I'm still a Scholar, after all, though I never did finish my Discipleship. What seemed so important to me then is so unrecognizable now.

I never thought I'd marry, but my reasons for avoidance disappeared once I was given my title, my march. It took a couple years for my resolve to wear down as well, to realize what I had in Valerius. It's been a year already, and it feels as if I've changed more in the year since his death than possibly in all the nine which preceded it, but I know that's not true.

Yet, as I set my pen to this page and consider how to document those changes, it feels immodest. And unduly vulnerable. This isn't the forum for that. I've grown a great deal, done things I never thought I would. I've made heartbreaking mistakes. I've made friends and fell in love and built very real and tangible things.

I have made some very important choices and, on the whole, find I am pleased with them.

I have already set down what burdens I do not wish to carry into my next decade. I am pleased with the weight which remains.

Written By Thesbe

June 9, 2021, 9:24 a.m.(8/16/1015 AR)

I enjoyed last night and the Clearlake Archery Tournament! Countess Acantha really is a great host.. I won first place, and collected silver as my prize.. However, I really do think that the greatest prize I got was to meet new people and experience something new in Arx.

Written By Kaia

June 9, 2021, 9:11 a.m.(8/16/1015 AR)

After so many years, now living in the Lyceum, I would have thought myself unable to feel abashed or concerned. But then, I walk out of my room and find myself staring at the most oddest of paintings. The plaque was titled 'Cock Fight', so oh dear scholar you can imagine. Rooster heads and...*ahem* I do wonder! How do they come up with these things?!

Written By Rosalind

June 9, 2021, 6:29 a.m.(8/16/1015 AR)

I placed second in the Clearlake archery contest. SECOND! Against other amazing archers! I can't even tell you how much fun I had! Countess Acantha and Benny were as always, so great!

Written By Emberly

June 9, 2021, 4:49 a.m.(8/16/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Egon

A good friend, is found in the strangest of places

Written By Isabeau

June 8, 2021, 8:06 p.m.(8/15/1015 AR)

Dear scholars, I held an event at the Gauntlet last night. Lady Shyanne did better than just about anyone I'd seen. In fact, the whole first group did exceptionally well between her, Lady Adalyn, Prince Raimon and Count Drake. The second group... perhaps it is best if I keep their names concealed. They were a lot more amusing to watch, particularly since they did about as well as I do. To those three who might know who they are... your determination was the real winner of the Gauntlet.

Written By Cristoph

June 8, 2021, 6:31 p.m.(8/15/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Alessia

You're right. At this point, might as well just make it thirteen.

Written By Raimon

June 8, 2021, 2:16 p.m.(8/15/1015 AR)

"Is it Time?" the Queen of Death had asked,
as Fates with bated breath did wait
A dozen lives hinged on one moment,
fraught with vagaries of Fate

A vasty Silence awaits that Choice
to take a shape of 'Yae' or 'Nay'
The balance of The Wheel is paused yet
poised to turn! -- whichever way!


There is a Mirror in the courtyard,
yet wrought of silver'd waters be-stilled
Once more The Wheel is paused mid - turn as
soft deep notes of tension build:

Two Bright - Bright eyes regard their target.
All else beside them starts to fade
Pure Light, Vast Darkness on one axis:
Calling, to a Choice - unmade . . .

Written By Pasquale

June 8, 2021, 1:39 p.m.(8/15/1015 AR)

One thing I have learnt over the years: Trying to drown pain only makes it stronger.
The only cure, be it temporary or permanent, is action.
It does not matter if that action comes in the form of thought, discussion or movement.
Just don't give in.

Written By Cirroch

June 8, 2021, 1:07 p.m.(8/15/1015 AR)

The Telmar's Gauntlet once again proved that I need to practice more. The first half went quite well, then those logs vertical something. It was either the grip wasn't right or I was more winded that I thought. Probably put too much energy into the first few obstacles, either way, it became a calamity of errors after that.

Duchess, I will happily help fix what was destroyed in the second half of my journey. I'm still amused that the rope snapped.

The whiskey was good. And I met several people that should prove as interesting to know later.
thus in all not a terrible day.

Written By Raimon

June 8, 2021, 12:24 p.m.(8/15/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Zara

Aye, boredom's quite a lethal thing,
To those who've seen the Seasons swing
A thousand times -- though each may bring
Their own small notes of warning

And those who tempt the 'alfar wrath
May rue each step by which they hath
Been brought along grave Sorrow's path:
A thousand years of Mourning.

Written By Alessia

June 8, 2021, 11:51 a.m.(8/15/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Cristoph

Like I said - make it thirteen!

Written By Piccola

June 8, 2021, 9:16 a.m.(8/14/1015 AR)

A wise general I met told me three things.

"If there is no way, then make one."

"There is no sharper spur to victory than contempt of death."

"The only thing more wonderful than my enemies' numbers is the fact that I am not among them."

Wise words.

Written By Claude

June 8, 2021, 12:37 a.m.(8/14/1015 AR)

The toys have been released. I feared I would not sell a single one. Yet despite a few issues with broken boxes they have been very well received. The generosity of of some is quite remarkable. It was a great relief to have finished the set but the daunting task of the next one looms.

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