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Written By Mattheu

Feb. 22, 2024, 9:56 a.m.(10/14/1021 AR)

It is awkward and weird to be back within a city which we sought to be away from. A distance needed for the time after the many ravaging battles, and now one where we are securing the rivers once again. There will be trade again throughout the compact.

It is no longer as divided as it once was. Those small camps which we would run supplies to even if we weren't suppose to. ... it is far harder to turn one's back upon those that know of the damage within life that is a shared experience. No matter what the Compact once had to say in the matter.

I'm not hiding this journal away. In the years prior I would write similar to this then have it sealed. My words off my chest then no longer for others to see or read.

I won't hide this. There are many within the city now who need some assurance to know that we can grow from this experience. Our children's children's children might not know the specifics. They might not fully understand the songs that have been warped and changed over the years. I can only hope they are similar to the Ravashari songs of today which have told us of the stories of the times around the Dance of Skulls.

A song which many within the city always would put on a smile and nod, to tell my family and I - what a nice way to think of the lore.

Only we cannot speak of it as lore any more. We've all just lived through it personally. There is no turning back from this knowledge.

And thus to see someone still wandering around the city without peace-bonding their weapon. It is a slap to everything which we have fought to preserve. We are to be peaceful to our own. We are to build a better world.

We can only do so in all following the same civility.

Else everything we have done to this point is going to be lost all over again.

Written By Mattheu

Feb. 22, 2024, 9:47 a.m.(10/14/1021 AR)

Relationship Note on Eshra

It was never a moment in which I meant to scare you. Never a time in which my games to play upon my brothers where I would hide, you would always know where I was. You were my protector, my teacher, my closest friend and the one to introduce me to the sisters to be my guardians when you could not.

It became a game in of itself. To find a new dance, and new treat, and fashion to how fast I could hide. Then turning into how to train and how to protect our family so -that- would never happen again.

When the time came to take to the waters and rivers, we had already seen loss at Sanctum. I reached back to the Expanse to grab the one thing which I didn't bother to pack at first. Perhaps I thought we would come back to the city after. I was naive.

And in that. I am sorry for making you worry about me.

I was never supposed to be our family's protector. Yet here we are. And I while I might seek to change one thing from a time before where ours was not of our own to choose. I can never change that you raised me when our parents were busy in their own tasks. I can never change that it was your song that would calm me when we were younger.

It is from that alone that I thought to stay and seek to protect those that I call friends.

Written By Mattheu

Feb. 22, 2024, 9:41 a.m.(10/14/1021 AR)

Relationship Note on Ann

In the days and weeks past our nearly new adventure, and a slip of paper to be sent when we thought all was lost. Words upon which were the truest of all my words ever spoken and from the heart were read.

To awake within a moment where your nephew gives a warning, and your sister a word of advice to guards that - you can be dropped - ...

You're given a renewed chance. A third direction was given that day. While the world sat in near pause and ready for their goodbyes to each other even if another battle had been thwarted. There would be more to come.

We took to the waters. Where our home has always been. Where lands once thrust upon us long gone, our people seeking to get back to which we know and have known for far longer than we've ever been upon land which moves weirdly.

A magic between us shared.

It's the children who keep me smiling, Ann keeps me dancing.

Written By Jan

Feb. 18, 2024, 9:35 p.m.(10/7/1021 AR)

I know eventually I'll get tired of the quite-but it hasn't happened yet.

Written By Jan

Feb. 18, 2024, 9:34 p.m.(10/7/1021 AR)

I broke the good news. Gods willing things will remain quiet while everyone rebuilds and I can eat my fill and devise a way to best my amazing husband at stones. I haven't heard from Ian or Wash, and I can't help but to worry.

Written By Ann

Feb. 18, 2024, 2:10 p.m.(10/6/1021 AR)

Living the life of the sea is different than that of the land. But much of it is the same. As long as I have my family with me? All is good.

Written By Renata

Feb. 11, 2024, 10:13 p.m.(9/21/1021 AR)

Nearly twelve years ago, I found myself with fears and horrors of the waters. Of what might be possible to come from being close to the water. I boarded a ship to come to the city.

Part of me hated my beloved Belladonna when I read the contents of her letter over my breakfast in Setarco. A letter so casually and so easily written by her hand, but which killed a part of me on its reading.

For so long, I would find myself to be lost within the city. To be surrounded by those that I didn't know who might be a friend or foe. A feeling that is so distant in the now. Knowing of what my younger self was about to go through, the dances of those she thought were to be loved. Only to be left so quickly when telling them that they were loved.

To be told that she was possibly cursed. As they did not understand as I did. Even to not know Who she was then.

I only wish to be able to wrap her up within a large blanket. Be able to sing to who I once was. To be able to calm her from those fears.

Written By Jan

Feb. 11, 2024, 9:58 p.m.(9/21/1021 AR)

I married into the right house. So much citrusy goodness.

Written By Jan

Feb. 11, 2024, 9:58 p.m.(9/21/1021 AR)

It is nice to have plenty to lend my hands to without anyone dying this time around.

Written By Mattheu

Feb. 9, 2024, 12:48 p.m.(9/16/1021 AR)

Who knew it would take a world ending possibility to find and be able to claim the rivers back.

There are skirmishes of demons floating around, they are quick to learn the rivers are not safe for them. The Rivenshari will be stronger than before, and soon we will have passage upon them safe for any who seek.

Written By Viviana

Feb. 4, 2024, 10:29 a.m.(9/6/1021 AR)

To the enemies of the Compact, past and future --

Get well never.



Written By Fatima

Feb. 2, 2024, 5:56 p.m.(9/3/1021 AR)

**A journal submitted from across the sea**

The world survives. The stars no longer spin crazily in the sky, and the world no longer trembles. While we are far from a goal of peace, and there is much cleaning up to do, the people of the world are truly free to choose their own paths.

It is now up to those of us who remain to forge a way forward, to leave a lasting legacy for those who come after us.

Let us ensure it is a legacy to be proud of.

The people of Petrioch have accepted me as their Queen. We have established a mutually beneficial arrangement. Lord Volya and Lady Nebulosa Sha'vhan remain by my side, doing the good work we came here to do.

In time, perhaps the people of Arvum will see me as an ally. Until that day, we shall remain in Eurus, content.

Written By Raja

Feb. 2, 2024, 10:33 a.m.(9/2/1021 AR)

I have received a letter from my mother. It is basically a good-bye. Now, I was raised since I was a tiny thing without her presence in my life. I know that she is not someone I can ever truly count on, simply by the nature of who she is. So, why does it make me sad? Yet, I also feel that she also knows who she is and she understands her own nature. This letter is an act of love. It shows that we are all complex creatures capable of many things that surprise even ourselves. I just hope that my mother finds what she is looking for. I hope she finally finds that place where she feels she can truly belong and to feel love.

Written By Raja

Feb. 2, 2024, 10:23 a.m.(9/2/1021 AR)

It is over. The biggest event of my life is over. I survived. Honestly, I am quite surprised I survived. Yet, here I am. Now, with the world pretty much turned upside down, I have only one regret. I regret that I will not live long enough to see what our children make of this world. We may get to lay the foundations, but our children and our children's children will be who really build it up. However, our children will have a word to build. The alternative.. was not acceptable.

Written By Renata

Feb. 1, 2024, 10:33 p.m.(9/1/1021 AR)

I've never been called selfish before. This is a feeling I don't know how to explain. Other than I suddenly feel understanding to why my cousins enjoy turning to fire.

Written By Renata

Feb. 1, 2024, 9:58 p.m.(9/1/1021 AR)

Relationship Note on Titus

Lord Titus was a man of contradictions, a complex tapestry woven from threads of ferocity and compassion, of strength and vulnerability.

He was a storyteller, a weaver of words who sought to capture the essence of life's beauty and intricacies. In the quiet moments of reprieve from battle, he would regale those around him with tales of love and longing, of triumph and tragedy, his words painting vivid images that lingered in the minds of all who listened.

Despite the harsh exterior he often projected, Lord Titus harbored a deep capacity for love and compassion. He sought to embrace all who crossed his path, to offer solace and camaraderie in a world torn apart by strife and conflict. And when the time came to make the ultimate sacrifice, he did so willingly, laying down his life to protect those he held dear, a testament to his unwavering devotion to the greater good.

In the memories we hold of Lord Titus, we see not just a warrior, but a man of depth and complexity, a soul touched by both darkness and light. And though he may have departed this world, his legacy lives on in the tales we tell and the lives he touched, forever etched into the fabric of our shared history.

May his spirit find peace amidst the chaos of the eternal battlefield, and may his stories continue to inspire generations to come.

Written By Tesha

Feb. 1, 2024, 9:20 p.m.(9/1/1021 AR)

For too long I have lived for others.

It is time to live for myself and to enjoy what years I have left.

For now, we go to Cardia to beat back Malar and so that I can have a semblance of my happily ever after with Calumar.

Written By Mattheu

Feb. 1, 2024, 8:52 p.m.(9/1/1021 AR)

There are those that understand that of which the Rivenshari are and will ever be. Then there are those that will never understand.

Written By Duarte

Feb. 1, 2024, 5:27 p.m.(9/1/1021 AR)


And this concludes my memoir, for the remainder of my life will be told not by me but by history. My purpose here was to recount my rise from lowborn orphan to nobility. Now that story is told.

But an epilogue - however vague.

The Gods showed me two paths and bade me to choose one. I did not. Ever I remain, balanced on a blade's edge, for it is only there I feel comfortable.

The Gods said I barely believed in them, and it is not true. I do believe in them but perhaps not in the way they would prefer to be believed in.

Choice is paramount but it is not a one-off. We constantly choose, and some times choose not to choose.

The Gods were born of choice, and so were their reflections. They continue to be fed by choice. Our choices. Choice is the gift and magic of humanity and through it we build or destroy, and we empower Gods or Devils.

The Gods are not my masters, nor their archfiends. Each are my tools. Tools with which I craft the path I walk. Each choice made makes either of them more, or less. And the aggregate choices of humanity may make them very powerful indeed, or as innocuous as autumn mist.

Is one good and is one evil? I have served Vellichor by walking with Veil. Thrax served Gild by acting with Legion. Gloria is often honored through a path wrought with much Despair. Stasis brings Change. And once change is acceptably achieved, how many will then desire Stasis?

The true evil is that which wants to end this Dream. Did you look to see who stood beside you to fight it, and take note? We all draw it together with our different hands.

Some of us small, some of us large in impact - but we all paint it.

And whether your brush is wide or thin, all I ask is that you paint at all.

Written By Jasher

Feb. 1, 2024, 1:41 p.m.(8/28/1021 AR)

Tomorrow has come. There was a Reckoning, but in the end, it was not for us.

The Eater of Stories has been defeated. After a battle at the very Thinnest Point, in which we stalled the demon while attempting to assemble the form of its defeat, our efforts bore fruit and it was sealed away screaming. It will no longer shadow Arvum with the stories it had eaten, the names it consigned to forgetfulness, and the knowledge cast to fire. As Arx endures, we will remember; not only the stories of past, but the stories told today, and stories yet to be told.

Though one threat has been defeated, there is still much left to be done. The remnants of Azazel's army roam the lands, and it is likely that the holdings that have fallen in their wake have become their strongholds. Maelstrom numbers among them, a difficult but necessary choice in light of the circumstances, but with the immediate threat put away I will aid the family to my utmost to see Maelstrom reclaimed, until the end of my life if need be.

Today could not have been, but it is, and the mood is that of bittersweet celebration with knowledge of the sacrifices made to make today's revelry possible. Sometimes, for such occasions, a glass would be drunk to acknowledge that what was lost, and that which can still be saved.

Today, I will open the seal of my last bottle.

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