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Written By Thea

April 5, 2020, 8:41 p.m.(1/22/1013 AR)

Looks like a trip north is in the cards for me. Sooner rather than later.

Written By Clara

April 5, 2020, 8:33 p.m.(1/22/1013 AR)

Relationship Note on Edain

**Patron Pride - His Grace, Edain Valardin**

I am entirely happy to announce that this past week I received a message from High Lord Edain Valardin in response to my posting for a Patron. After a conversation the two of us have happily entered into a partnership as Patron (him) and Protege (myself). I am looking forward to working with him in the future and I hope that I can make him proud to call me his Protege as I am proud of my own.

A personal thank you to His Grace for putting his faith in me.

Written By Clara

April 5, 2020, 8:22 p.m.(1/22/1013 AR)

Relationship Note on Jael

Baking with the Laurents Cookie Eating Contest...

So many many many cookies! Congratulations on the win!

Written By Clara

April 5, 2020, 8:21 p.m.(1/22/1013 AR)

Relationship Note on Cadern

**Protege Pride - Marquis Cadern Blackwood**

I would also like to note that my Protege Lord Cadern Blackwood has become the Marquis-Consort of House Blackwood. To which I wish to give him my personal congratulations. May you have many happy years and at least a dozen children!

Accomplishments that I would like to highlight beyond a good marriage match (to a wonderful and beautiful soul, Marquessa Eilonwy Blackwood to whom I also congratulate and wish well)...

Marquis Cadern is a great researcher who specializes in Nefer'khat research and is the Magistrate of the Lower Boroughs. Most importantly, however, he has been one of my closer friends since I first arrived in Arx nearly 5 years ago.

Please send Marquis Cadern and Marquessa Eilonwy your congratulations on his marriage if you have not already. They are wonderful people and I am certain they would love to hear from you even if you are a complete stranger to them.

Written By Mia

April 5, 2020, 7:46 p.m.(1/22/1013 AR)

Relationship Note on Edain

My youngest boy has told me since he was three years old that he would one day be a great knight, second only to the White Dragon of the West, who is the very best of men. You might call it childish nonsense, but I've met the High Lord of Sanctum more than once and he makes it a bit easier to believe that the dreams of children may not be such silly things after all.

Written By Malesh

April 5, 2020, 7:45 p.m.(1/22/1013 AR)

Tutoring my brother when we can make the time. It's a slow process because of the lack of time, but progress is clearly being made. Cedar Vale prospers as never before, and I think we shall begin some more projects soon.

Written By Torian

April 5, 2020, 7:42 p.m.(1/22/1013 AR)

It's good to have Lord Ian and his party back home, though there were loses along the journey to get them there.

Culler ships and crew did their part at least, though not as dangerous as the rest.

We can hope that the history books will not paint us all with the same brush that some do now.

Written By Domonico

April 5, 2020, 7:32 p.m.(1/22/1013 AR)

Relationship Note on Olivian

The Sword of Southport. While I am not impressed with his attitude towards getting dirty or getting blood on him, I am impressed by his dedication in improving himself.

Written By Ilvin

April 5, 2020, 7:22 p.m.(1/22/1013 AR)

In this season, more than any other, it is important to remember how closely we humans are bound together - by oaths to family, fealty, friends. It is also important to remember that those to whom we don't seem to be bound are never entirely separate from us.

That is to say: Remember Gild and Limerance in the dead of wintertime. Give what you can to those who need it, and be kind.

Written By Clara

April 5, 2020, 7:13 p.m.(1/22/1013 AR)

Relationship Note on Asher

**Protege Pride - Asher Grayhope**

I want to take a moment to highlight the recent success of my Protege, Asher Grayhope. A protege of mine for about five years now, Asher has come quite a long way. This is a man who has not let troubled beginnings get in his way. Instead he has taken flight and become one of the most skilled jewelers in Arvum.

But it doesn't stop there, no. Most recently, Asher Grayhope has moved forward in the ranks of the Gold Order and has become a Squire. I take pride in his willingness to serve the Compact in such an outstanding way. That he strives to become a Knight for us is something I think is worth pointing out to the Compact. Even most recently, he helped save the life of a man who was being dragged off to be a 'giant crabs dinner, helping to save the life of a complete stranger in the process of ensuring the creature was caught and stopped. He, and his group, then utilized the body of the crab to feed the village that the creature was plaguing.

So what I am saying is....

Squire Asher Grayhope is a man of upstanding character that you should get to know. You should send him missives congratulating him on his promotion as well as his bravery because there are few like him in this world.

Written By Veronica

April 5, 2020, 7:11 p.m.(1/22/1013 AR)

Relationship Note on Rowenova

The people you can trust are the people who will catch your hound's leash and hold him for you while you dance at a party. It's a little embarrassing how much better Rowenova's hound behaves than mine, but on the other hand, he's a lot older, too.

Written By Raymesin

April 5, 2020, 7:09 p.m.(1/22/1013 AR)

Well, Scholar, the cat's out of the bag. It's also gone to find breakfast, eaten it, come back, and gotten back into the bag to get some sleep. Evaristo knows, which means the whole world will know soon.

I asked someone to marry me, and she said yes.

Evaristo's in charge of the party, mostly because he wants to be, partly because trying to stop him when he gets going is harder than stopping the Godsworn praying. I swear, though - if he makes too much of a thing of it I'll have his hide for a new pair of boots.

Written By Veronica

April 5, 2020, 7:09 p.m.(1/22/1013 AR)

Wedding receptions can be as boring as the day is long, but my cousin and his new wife did everybody proud. Good food, good company, great dancing, and that's really all you can ask for. Especially the dancing.

I'm happy for them both, too.

Written By Clara

April 5, 2020, 6:56 p.m.(1/22/1013 AR)

** Baking with the Laurents 1013 **

~Thanks you! I wanted to personally thank Lady Mabelle for hosting a wonderful cookie cooking and eating event today. It was a wonderful idea that took my mind off of duty, death, and the other stressful aspects of our lives here in The Compact. I am sure many others feel the same as I do on this matter. So thank you, Lady Mabelle for the wonderful time and the cookies.

Also, the cupcake brooch I won is amazing. Thank you for that as well. Someone put a lot of time into designing this beautiful piece which is made of luxury velvet, stunning glass, and it features some iridescite as well. It is beautifully colorful and quite adorable. I will wear it for a week or two and then pin it to the apron and it will be on display in the Black Axe Pub at Stormwall's Haven. Again, thank you as it is the cutest little cupcake ever.

From this event I have some Inspiration! I think that as the weeks before me open up I might very well have to ensure that there are real versions of this cupcake brooch made. I am thinking mini-rainbow cupcakes with tiny candy unicorn horns on them. I think I will sell or auction them off and give the proceeds to the Lodge of Petrichor to help them care for the unicorns that dwell there. I admit some bias in doing this as my sister, Duchess Fianna Crovane, has a special place in her heart for the unicorns. I will let you all know in the days to come whether or not I will proceed with this project or not.

And another thanks to Lord Norwood who had the party favors created for the event. They are lovely silk and glass aprons that were given away to anyone who showed up who wanted one. I know my voice doesn't carry far through the peerage at the moment but I hope those that have a stronger voice among the Compact Peerage and Populace will take a moment to acknowledge him and the Laurents for this wonderful event.

Written By Valencia

April 5, 2020, 6:31 p.m.(1/22/1013 AR)

Relationship Note on Ilvin

What a joy it is to have Blessed Ilvin return to our city once more. My heart sings with happiness to know he is home again.

I have never met a man more kind,thoughtful or genuinely warm, I think. I have missed him terribly.

We are so blessed to have such a fine Archlector of Limerance, and I feel even more blessed to have such a beautiful friend.

I look forward to spending many wonderful moments sharing in his company.

Welcome back, dearest friend.

~~~~~~<~<@

Written By Jules

April 5, 2020, 6:02 p.m.(1/22/1013 AR)

Hops needs clothes. Hops will chew clothes up. Hops needs only the most durable fabrics to ensure his clothing lasts. I do love my friend.

Written By Tanith

April 5, 2020, 5:56 p.m.(1/22/1013 AR)

When someone says 'the cat is out of the bag', they mean Evaristo Arterius. Always. Forever. I'm certain of it.

Written By Sunaia

April 5, 2020, 5:49 p.m.(1/22/1013 AR)

The delirium that comes with both the onset and the loss of love is remarkably similar, in my experience.

Instead of falling in love again, I pray to the gods that I fall into Truth.

I expect and trust it will be, gods willing, more lasting.

Written By Philippe

April 5, 2020, 5:40 p.m.(1/22/1013 AR)

Augusto Supreme made a charming face today when he sneezed and spat out the carrot he was eating. I think it offended his pride when I gave the carrot back.

Written By Revell

April 5, 2020, 5:21 p.m.(1/22/1013 AR)

Is it possible to be overly attached to a 'lifestyle'?

I'm sure the answer is yes, for many of the more hedonistic individuals among us. But if we ignore the grand pleasures that wealth can afford you - is it still possible to be attached? Attached to eating dry, stale bread in the morning from the same shop every day? Attached to a rattling window when a nasty wind passes it by? Attached to dirt and grime and everything.. not-so-nice?

Hm. I've been very introspective lately. My father would be so proud - I must remember to write.

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