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Written By Castor

Jan. 8, 2017, 8:25 p.m.(8/11/1005 AR)

There will be a wedding in the House of Redrain.

Written By Lucio

Jan. 8, 2017, 8:16 p.m.(8/11/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Branan

I met this scholar outside of the Velanosa estate, shortly after Niccolo had put the heads of the traitorous Iron Guardsmen on pikes. What ensued was a fascinating debate on the nature of death, art, and religion. Though I do not share his beliefs, I am curious about his mind, and look forward to speaking with him more.

Written By Lucio

Jan. 8, 2017, 8:10 p.m.(8/11/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Salazar

This fascinating lord apparently writes lewd poetry, and in the back yard of the Pravus manor, I offered to set it to music. Though the party went in other directions, I shall have to seek him out to see if there is a profitable collaboration to be had.

Written By Lucio

Jan. 8, 2017, 8:08 p.m.(8/11/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Elonso

The brother of the Duchess, Lord Elonso has been kind and spoke well of me at her grace's birthday party. I shall endeavor to get deeper into his good graces.

Written By Eleyna

Jan. 8, 2017, 7:53 p.m.(8/11/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Isolde

Right now, I think you are my favorite cousin.

Written By Dominique

Jan. 8, 2017, 7:52 p.m.(8/11/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Desiree

Oh Joyous day my little sister is with us! Blessed be to see Desiree's smiling face again, brings me such joy and hope all over again.

Written By Talen

Jan. 8, 2017, 7:45 p.m.(8/11/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Niccolo

I suppose that's one way to do it. I prefer when they just disappear. It always felt so much more mysterious and foreboding that way.

I suppose I'll take the princesses to the beach, since it's summer, rather than the gardens.

Written By Talen

Jan. 8, 2017, 7:39 p.m.(8/11/1005 AR)

Let it be recorded here for all royal wards of the future, even if you grow up amongst them, Velenosa princesses are Velenosa princesses. Don't take their toys.

They don't share well.

Written By Isolde

Jan. 8, 2017, 7:37 p.m.(8/11/1005 AR)

Sometimes, as in all things, it's the principle of the matter.

The blue one, of course.

Written By Talen

Jan. 8, 2017, 7:36 p.m.(8/11/1005 AR)

I forgot how it felt to be poisoned, honestly. Today is miserable, everything is miserable.

Isolde, you're being petty. Just tell me which antidote it is.

It wasn't even your favourite courtesan.

Written By Darrow

Jan. 8, 2017, 6:50 p.m.(8/10/1005 AR)

dan Hellespont's report:

Many ships cast off during the fighting, fearing boarding and scuttling or plunder. No parties of Iron Guardsmen were any where near the docks. A ship, flying no flag, was seen travelling south. Smuggler, probably, but we engaged no pursuit and kept watch for late departures. No other news of note.

Captain dan Hellespont

Written By Victus

Jan. 8, 2017, 6:43 p.m.(8/10/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Dawn

Yes, yes.

I was supposed to marry her. It wasn't exactly a well kept fucking secret. No, I don't need any sympathy.

Staying the course is hard work. Accepting less than ideal circumstances, living with it, making the fucking best out of it, all of it is difficult.

Who wouldn't want to just give the fuck up and make oneself a martyr instead?

Written By Signe

Jan. 8, 2017, 6:05 p.m.(8/10/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Aislin

Cousin, your stories always fascinate and, sometimes, frighten me.

Written By Victus

Jan. 8, 2017, 6:04 p.m.(8/10/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Samantha

A thief and a liar and a impostor. To ignore all of that is to make light of all nobility, to declare that none of it actually matters.

I wonder if they understand this.

I wonder if she does.

Regardless, welcome to the fucking nobility.

Written By Castor

Jan. 8, 2017, 5:36 p.m.(8/10/1005 AR)

The Ambassador Salon is....blessed by the Vellichor as a safe place to speak of all the evils that now plague our lands.

Written By Max

Jan. 8, 2017, 5:30 p.m.(8/10/1005 AR)

"Good Job."

I can honestly say I have never been more proud to receive such a simple compliment.

When Prince Donrai Thrax says 'Good Job'... You know you have done well.

Written By Tristram

Jan. 8, 2017, 5:09 p.m.(8/10/1005 AR)

I find myself becoming quite attracted to several different ladies in this city. I wonder how long it will take Edain to bring up the topic of marriage with me; I'd prefer for any future seductions on my part to have a serious exploration of an end-goal in mind instead of a dalliance. Not that I have anything against dalliances. Hardly so; I would marry all three of them, were it up to me alone--and of course, if I could convince them that such an arrangement would be enjoyable. Nor would I object to their taking other partners. This is not the usual means by which these things go, but in my time in the villages and towns of Arvum I have found that there are many ways that people look at love. Of them all, my favorite is the one where the lovers are bound in love to one another--but are not restricted from finding love with others, as well, in honest and open companionship; my honor prevents me from adultery and cheating, but my heart is open to many. Though I doubt I will find such a thing in my lifetime. Too many believe that there is only one bond to be had, and grow jealous. We shall see.

Written By Isolde

Jan. 8, 2017, 4:56 p.m.(8/10/1005 AR)

Today I made Talen his favorite tea. I hope he likes it!

Written By Dawn

Jan. 8, 2017, 4:54 p.m.(8/10/1005 AR)

I've burned a lot of bridges this week. For those I've hurt and angered, I'm sorry. It is true, I would rather people suffer with the effects of my abdication while -living- than to see everything and everyone die. I know there will be suffering as the Regent Council steps into the place I held. I know that there is fear, confusion, anger, a lack of clear direction. I know all of this, and I choose my course in spite of it, because in my heart of hearts, I think we all die if I don't.

Yes, I barred others from making this choice, and removed from them the opportunity to decide for themselves. This is both arrogance and abuse of power, and I accept that charge. If I live, I'll live with that weight along with all the rest, for however many days I have.

For those who feel that I condemn the world or the Compact to some worse fate by doing as I do, I can only say... the days to come will show the truth of the matter, and if I am wrong, then I pray the gods judge me harshly for it. If I am wrong and I live? Then I will accept whatever punishment comes to me for my actions.

You have every right to be angry. I understand.

In the event of my death, I publicly declare that I release the contents of my black reflections, save for any that the High Lord of Grayson deems too sensitive. You will know which I mean, cousin, when you look through my writing. I wish that I had had more time to record every thought, every lesson learned, every seed of every threat, every scrap... I tried to share them where I could, spread them to those who could and would help. It wasn't enough. There is never enough time. But I leave them in your keeping and I trust that you will use what I did record wisely.

In the event of my death, I ask that Grayson support the families of the men and women who go with me, to lay their lives upon an altar in the defense of the Compact they have sworn to protect. I also ask that Grayson receive the silver in my bank account, and that they put it towards both our defense and the creation of an additional hall in the Hall of Heroes for those same men and women. They are heroes, every one of them, and deserve that recognition, whatever others may think and feel about me.

To those who shared my heart, and my thoughts, who spent those rare and precious quiet moments with me, who steadied me on the path I was called to walk, who supported and cared and who suffer for my actions now... I am sorry. It isn't enough. I wasn't enough. If there are other lives after this one, if we are so fortunate as to be allowed another turn on the wheel, I go from Arx praying that this life and the next bring you all of the happiness you deserve.

Gods bless and keep you.

With respect,

Written By Hadrian

Jan. 8, 2017, 4:54 p.m.(8/10/1005 AR)

Duchess Belladonna's birthday! I love parties, it is perhaps the dangerous combination of alcohol, new faces, and the generally upbeat atmosphere; everybody is happy, nobody seems to worry, and it's an energy that I feel most comfortable in. Merry people make merry conversation, faces have smiles, and people fawn over each other after a distant, long absence -parties are delightful.

This one was not. I had some earrings made, thought I was clever, Joboo and I arrived at their estate. Pravus has been our ally for a long, long time. I'm not certain what changed. When I returned we greeted one another like old friends, but now she greets me like a lepered stranger. I could feel Valkieri's scowl on me -not sure what that was about, either, I thought we got along fairly well at the dinner. Lady Lianne was there! I enjoyed her company in our previous meetings, but she was quickly drowned by throngs of men that I had no interest in causing them to join Valkieri in scowling.

Calypso's method of a letter was better, in retrospect. She could not attend though I asked her, but it may have been fortuitous. The striking change in welcome causes doubt in the strength of our alliance, and my lack of sleep has not at all helped. Paranoid, I'm told, but I am well aware of these nobles that will stab me while smiling. I'm not concerned; the roles we play are vital. If I am to he cast as the wicked Duke, I will play my part perfectly. I may just have fun doing so.

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