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Written By Vitalis

Nov. 29, 2021, 3:43 a.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

If there was a god of unity, wouldn't it be Skald's reflection?

Written By Mirari

Nov. 29, 2021, 2:32 a.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Haakon

I know the lord is busy talking tough and screaming at seagulls but do not forget: the lord has been cordially invited to make his mark not with limited wit, but with those large, burly, Lycene-crushing arms of his and back up his claims with some honor.

Methinks that maybe lords who are more skilled with a pen shouldn't mouth off to any who write with the ink of blood.

Written By Medeia

Nov. 28, 2021, 11:49 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

I will preface this by saying I am not privy to anymore information on this matter than anyone else. However, I am deeply concerned by the actions being taken by Archduchess-Regent Jaenelle Velenosa. She has made it clear what an impressive effort she has made in this role. No one denies that she has been an effective, even superb, leader in her time as regent. Her foresight has ensured that the Lyceum is stronger and safer. I am as grateful for the support she has shown to her vassals and theirs as one could be! She has performed her duty admirably.

Her duty as regent. The appointment of a regent is to lead in the stead of the named heir and guide that heir until they reach majority. That the archduchess-regent has been an exemplar is not in dispute, her demand to drop the "regent" from her title is. The Compact is built on the promises we make to one another, it is a promise, and it is weakened when we do not honor it. Being appointed regent shows a great amount of trust in the individual to care for the child heir and the lands and people they will inherit the rule of. And trust to release the hold on their power when the time comes. The role of a regent is meant to be temporary.

I say this knowing it is unlikely to win me any friends. In fact, I fully expect for this publicly available opinion to cause difficulty for me in the coming days. My hope is that any who wish to show their disagreement with me do so directly.

Written By Desiree

Nov. 28, 2021, 11:08 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

It has crossed my mind recently that I do not think I've told those close to me how thankful I am to have them in my life. I will certainly have to do this in person but would like to have these words documented.

First of all there is Dominique. I do not know many older sisters who are fearless and compassionate. To say Dominique goes into her projects passionately is an understatement. I always looked up to her when we were growing up and knew then as I know now that Wyrmguard is in capable hands. I still look up to her and always will.

My brother Damon, you are missed but I am thankful for the time we had together growing up in Blancibier. It was you who inspired my love of literature and often times when you didn't wish to be pestered by your little sister, I would hide away while you read aloud to your imaginary friends. I cherish the times you would read to me and I think of you when I tell grand tales to Dominique's children.

My cousin Sorrel, I thank you for your friendship, for always being a voice of reason and never thinking any question I have is too silly.

There are so many others still, my cousins Drake, Richard, and Kiera.... the list goes on and on.

Written By Gio

Nov. 28, 2021, 10:49 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

( In wine, truth. In narcotics, the blunt. )

We will be the destructive force of one another, of our - everything - I suppose, if we continue to pull at each lost and unraveling thread, creating chasm after chasm, isolating ourselves, burning bridges while still being asked into the crossing of them - and we're turning ourselves into the things that we are afraid to mention out loud.

Written By Cassiopeia

Nov. 28, 2021, 9:56 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

Standing on top of the mountain, you see everything. It is not just the vantage point, but the journey that got you there. The twists and turns. The loose footing. The pain. The anguish. The joy. The victory. The freedom of the wind in your hair. It changes you. There is perspective, but it is not without flaw. While you see the world around you, the little details fade out of view.

If you don't stand your ground, you will fall. We all stumble, but when you jump, best to check there is ground to land on. Or, just enjoy the ride.

Written By Ian

Nov. 28, 2021, 9:44 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Valencia

I came to Arx during a rough time for House Thrax. I didn't understand it. I didn't know about the bridges that had been burnt. All I knew was that people left the room when I came in, and other people told me straight to my face that they wouldn't interact with me at all because I was an Islesman and they didn't socialize with my ilk. I was pretty lost at the time, and stood to lose myself more, the way things were going.

Valencia Velenosa not only reached out to me in a way that no one else did, she used her social pull to insist that people interact with me, and when I'd mess up, which anyone who knows me knows that I do, she'd smooth things over. She grabbed Arx by the shirt and all but ordered it to give me a chance, and her doing that probably saved me from sinking to become someone who I'd be ashamed to meet, now.

I don't know what's been going on over in the Lyceum ward, I doubt I'd understand if I did, and honestly, I don't care. Valencia was a friend when I needed one, and I know I'm not the only one for whom that's true.

Written By Medeia

Nov. 28, 2021, 8:50 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Cufre

I am ecstatic to hear that Harlequin Cufre Harrow's new shop in the Ward of the Compact has opened! My dear protege is an amazing artist with a gift for making metals and baubles that delight and inspire. She is not one for large gatherings, and I have politely squashed my own wishes to host an extravagant grand opening for her. However, she did not say I could not gush about her in my journals. So, should any who read this find they have need for a jeweler? I encourage you to seek her out at Heart of Stone. It will be well worth your while, I assure you.

Written By Medeia

Nov. 28, 2021, 8:49 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Cufre

I am ecstatic to hear that Harlequin Cufre Harrow's new shop in the Ward of the Compact has opened! My dear protege is an amazing artist with a gift for making metals and baubles that delight and inspire. She is not one for large gatherings, and I have politely squashed my own wishes to host an extravagant grand opening for her. However, she did not say I could not gush about her in my journals. So, should any who read this find they have need for a jeweler? I encourage you to seek her out at Heart of Stone. It will be well worth your while, I assure you.

Written By Aureth

Nov. 28, 2021, 8:46 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

Legate Cassandra suggested to me in a recent letter that the Faith ought to publicly set forth a lecture series or some writings, some liturgical reminders of the duty one owes one's sworn Liege and the head of one's family. At the time, it was my belief that no one could possibly be stupid enough as to believe that what the person who as of the instant writing is known as Valencia Velenosa is doing in public is remotely appropriate.

As this person continues to blatantly defy and condemn their liege in the bizarre expectation that they are somehow in the right, I must publicly admit that my faith was misguided. Someone, somewhere, does not realize how appalling a breach this is. Cassandra was right.

If by the unfathomable mercy of the Archduchess the person known as Valencia Velenosa retains the noble title which she now publicly degrades, this should never and be any account be taken as license by any to treat their oathsworn family the way this entitled upstart is doing.

The Faith offers our support to the House of Velenosa in this trying time of being beset by public foolishness and I offer my personal and public apology to Legate Cassandra Laurent for my earlier position on the matter.

Written By Cosimo

Nov. 28, 2021, 8:24 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

The streets of Arx.

I have been gone for mere months, but it feels like it has been a lifetime.

The roads, the buildings, the people; they all feel like specters that haunt.

Apparitions from a time when life was better.

My mother. My dear sisters. Blossoming lives now enrobed in the aether.

Is that all that Arx holds for my family?

Time shall tell...

Written By Thea

Nov. 28, 2021, 8:21 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

It's my birthday. I'm another year older. My son is almost 8 months old. I'm not sure where the last year has gone. In that year, so much has happened. So many losses. I guess there isn't much for me to say, except for how terribly grateful I am. And fortunate.

And my son? Watch your hair folks. Beards, head, all of it! And..he's going to be crawling now soon too. So watch your ankles!

Written By Rosalind

Nov. 28, 2021, 8:04 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Cadern

Working WITH my brother was a fun experience. It was like like we were kids again. Kinda. Cadern got lost again, which was definitely like when we were children. I hope my niece has a better sense of direction.

Written By Kiera

Nov. 28, 2021, 8:04 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

I had the fortune of going sailing with Lord Mattheu Rivenshari. There is a certain joy I take in watching someone engage in a task in which they are well-skilled much the same as when I watch Drake on the champion's field. There's also a certain infectious sense of freedom in being on the water. a lovely time.

Written By Khanne

Nov. 28, 2021, 8:01 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

Sometimes, when reading the journals available to me, I feel the need to hand out dictionaries to the people of Arx.

You know that word you are using? I do not think it means what you think it means...

Oh, which word? Well... quite a few, I am afraid. For example, sensible, respectful, and practical, for starters.

Written By Thea

Nov. 28, 2021, 7:55 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

I went to Maelstrom, scholar. It was a nice little vacation. Princess Denica and Messere Caprice did great jobs hosting the gala. And scholar...I watched Princess Denica and Prince Jasher dance. I didn't know Jasher danced! And Den? She leaped and he CAUGHT HER! I thought for sure she'd fall flat on her face and I've have to patch it back together. Thankfully I didn't.

Written By Rosalind

Nov. 28, 2021, 7:46 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

Sometimes I feel like...I cause more issues than help. Things get a bit messy. I feel like I've caused more problems than anything. But sometimes, sometimes I find out I did something helpful and that means everything.

Written By Khanne

Nov. 28, 2021, 7:44 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Noah

Archduke Consort Noah Velenosa is surely one of a kind. Absolutely no one compares. Not only is he extremely cultured, he has quite a way with words as well. They are much appreciated.

He also likes cookies. It's hard to find fault in anyone who likes cookies.

Written By Raymesin

Nov. 28, 2021, 7:23 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

It's been a quiet couple of weeks for me, Scholar. Well, as quiet as it ever gets. Running the night crews is always interesting, after all, and the more things change, the more they stay the same. The population of the Lowers rose again with the influx from Bastion, and that's always entertaining, but most of the entertainment's gone from that now as things have settled into a new normal, which is a new boring.

I like boring, in Arx. Boring in Arx is good for business.

The next few weeks promise to be interesting elsewhere, which is even better. I can't wait. The Lowers in the heat of summer is never where you want to be, if you still have a nose.

Written By Giada

Nov. 28, 2021, 7:07 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

Trouble is acting up. This is the third time he's passed a message off on a random person, and I can only conclude that he's pissed about moving where there aren't any kitchens. Not like the fatty couldn't use a diet.

I need to remember to leave stuff out now. Prissy beggar.

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